A commemorative glass artwork created by Dan Savage was unveiled yesterday at Hopewood Park, a £50 million mental health hospital currently being built by Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust. The balustrade artwork is in honour of Pilot Officer Cyril Barton, who at just 22, lost his life when his Halifax bomber crashed in Ryhope, Sunderland, 70 years ago, on 31st March, 1944. His Halifax bomber had already sustained damage before reaching its mission target of Nuremberg. However, he carried on despite three of his crew bailing out and flew back without navigation aids and diminishing fuel due to the earlier damage. On reaching England his port engines stopped and he was forced to crash land in Ryhope. However, incredibly Barton managed to avoid considerable loss of life in Ryhope by steering his plane clear of the miners’ houses. Only he and a local miner died. Cyril’s sisters Cynthia Maidment and Joyce Voysey unveiled the new artwork in a ceremony led by Chairman of the Trust, Hugh Morgan-Williams.
Local media coverage:
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