North Shields hall takes time to remember volunteer Ray Doudle

DONATION: Maryann Ninness receiving the clock from Jeanette Doudle in memory of Ray Doudle.

DONATION: Maryann Ninness receiving the clock from Jeanette Doudle in memory of Ray Doudle.

A NEW clock will take pride of place in the North Shields Soldiers Memorial Hall in memory of volunteer Ray Doudle, who was a driving force in maintaining the hall.

Committee member Maryann Ninness recently received the clock from Mr Doudle's wife Jeanette Doudle.

Mr Doudle became involved in the upkeep of the hall about 10 years ago, forming a working committee and was the president and driving force over many years.

The replacement of the roof, a retaining wall to control water run-off and updating the hall kitchen may not have occurred without Mr Doudle's persistence.

Mr Doudle was committed and passionate about the North Shields community.

As a returned Vietnam veteran, Mr Doudle's name is on the honour roll in the hall, next to which the clock will be hung.

He and his wife had their wedding reception in the hall 51 years ago and it was also used for his wake.

The community-owned hall is well over 100 years old and without energetic volunteers it would continue to fall into disrepair.

Since the hall committee has been maintaining it, community groups have started to use the hall more frequently including a yoga group, Save the Children, the North Shields Dance Group, Just Love To Dance and the Port Lincoln Old Style Dance Group used the hall during renovations to the Parish Hall in Port Lincoln.