The Restoration and Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries – some welcome news.

May 31, 2011
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In our recent blog, The Future of our Cemeteries – the debate continues. We wrote “It is not enough to  stand idle and wring ones hands. The Deane Road project has led the way. The 250th anniversary of the Brady Street Cemetery would be a good time for others to take up the challenge.”  The Sunderland Jewish Community has done just that…….”

We have been advised of a recent message on the Sunderland Jewish Community Facebook site by Stephen Levey which states that some remedial work has been completed at the Ayres Quay cemetery and the weeds have been cut down. Tombstones, both upright and broken are being protected.

Stephen Levey has been instrumental in getting action on Ayres Quay which has laid abandoned and neglected for at least 50 years and probably longer. [Our thanks to Mr D Gordon for providing this very welcome news.]

Photos of Ayres Quay before the weeding and tidying can be seen here and photos of the few visible tombstones at that time are here

If anyone living nearby is able to obtain photos of the cemetery as it is now, we would appreciate being able to add them to our collection to highlight what can be achieved.

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