MORE First World War memorials in the region have been given ‘listed’ status as part of a pledge by Historic England – formerly English Heritage – to protect them.

In County Durham six war memorials have been given Grade II listed status: Belmont, Bishop Middleham, Blackhall, Brancepeth, Brandon and Burnopfield, along with another in Bishopton, near Stockton.

Historic England, together with the War Memorials Trust, are offering advice and grants to help members of the public to submit applications to have their local war memorials listed and repaired where necessary.

Listed memorials are brought under the consideration of the planning system in an effort to protect them for future generations.

Carol Pyrah, Historic England’s planning director in the North-East, said: “War memorials are a valued part of our heritage and it is absolutely fitting that we cherish and preserve them.

“Whether we have relatives whose names are on local memorials, or who fought alongside those who died, we all have a connection with remembrance.

“I would urge everyone to make sure their local memorial is in good condition. If it isn't, then Historic England, the War Memorials Trust and the Heritage Lottery Fund all have grants and advice available.”

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