Services to remember the fallen

Remembrance service at Newsham and New Delaval Miner's Welfare Park.'REF 0811149522
Remembrance service at Newsham and New Delaval Miner's Welfare Park.'REF 0811149522

Thousands of people from across south east Northumberland have remembered the fallen in a series of remembrance events across the county.

The nation came together on Remembrance Sunday to collectively honour those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.

Remembrance services and parades took place across south east Northumberland at the weekend, including a service in Ashington, led by the Rev Elizabeth Bland, which was very well attended by more than 600 people.

John Simpson, the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal organiser, said: “Remembrance Sunday has always been a major event in the calendar for us because of the Poppy Appeal and the Veterans’ Parade, but 2014 is particularly poignant, as we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the First World War.”

Wansbeck’s Ashington Colliery Brass Band led the parade and played during the service at the War Memorial.

A service in Bothal, led by the Rev John Park, took place in the afternoon and was also well attended supported by local Guides and Cub groups.

In Cramlington, a service was held in St Nicholas Church before a parade to the War Memorial, and in Blyth a parade left the town’s market place arriving at the Cenotaph for a service attended by a huge crowd.

A crowd of about 1,000 attended a service and wreath-laying at Bedlington.

On Saturday, a service and parade was held at Newsham and New Delaval War Memorial, Miners’ Welfare Park.

And on Tuesday, veterans and representatives of the RAF, Royal British Legion, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and RAF Boulmer joined together to help commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war at County Hall in Morpeth.

Accompanied by a Northumbrian piper, wreaths of poppies were laid at the war memorial by Northumberland County Council civic head and by the Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland.