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Amble Town Square was completed in May 2001 and officially opened on 27 May 2001 by the local MP Alan
Beith. It is located on the site of the former Comrades CIU Club which later became ‘Freddies’ (named after the
dolphin who used to live in the harbour).
In order to create the square permission had to be sought to change the road layout. The original road – an
extension of Queen Street, ran straight past the war memorial and then turned left onto Lawson Street.
Today, the square provides a focal point for Remembrance Services, Farmers Markets and various exhibitions
and town fairs.
There are a number of features in the square which are unique to Amble:
As well as the War Memorials and Peace Arch, the most noticeable feature in the square is the sundial (or Gnoman)
which is one of the largest in Europe and is accurate to within 15 seconds – it is set into a bed of local pebbles.
There is also an amphitheatre with some seating which has nine, 8 metre masts around it. These masts are used to
display banners and flags
The square also features a winding ‘historic trail’ in pink stone with a number of embellished carved stones which
were developed from original designs by local school children and show scenes from Amble’s history.
There were originally six trees in the square – five named after Amble schools and the sixth called the ‘Town Tree’.
Finally, surrounding the square there is a memorial garden in remembrance of Muriel Usher, a pharmacist and a
notable local character and two benches which are in memory of Dr and Mrs Robertson and Jesse Taylor.
WWI Centenary 2014- 2018
Amble decided to commemmorate each year of the centenary with an event to
show the town had not forgotten those who served.
To mark 100 years since the Armistice, Amble commissioned a Peace Memorial
Arch dedicated to the Service and Courage of those who have served and
continue to serve. The Arch was erected in the Town Square adjacent to the
Amble Clock Tower War Memorial and the Radcliffe War Memorial. Created by
award-winning Stephen Lunn from Red Row (www.anvilman.co.uk), the Arch was
formally dedicated on Sunday 11 November 2018.
Photographs below Ian Moyes of www.ivall.uk
On Saturday 10 November, 2018 Amanda Winn performed her song ‘Between the LInes’ at the
service to re-dedicate the Clock Tower after renovations.
The link to Amands’s song can be found here
The link to Amandas FaceBook is here