A show of patriotism and thanks at services

Morpeth Pipe Band led the parade on Sunday. Picture by MorpethNewsTV.
Morpeth Pipe Band led the parade on Sunday. Picture by MorpethNewsTV.
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Thousands of people across Northumberland took the opportunity to remember the fallen at various services.

On Sunday, a parade of representatives from units and organisations marched to the cenotaph from Morpeth town centre for the traditional service. It was led by Morpeth Pipe Band.

There was a big turnout for the Ponteland service. Picture by Trevor Walker.

There was a big turnout for the Ponteland service. Picture by Trevor Walker.

As well as the Armed Forces, Air Training Corps and Army Cadet Force representatives and civic contingents, there were veterans, Freemen, Aldermen and past mayors, representatives from the Royal British Legion (RBL), community organisations and members of the clergy.

Those who laid wreaths at the cenotaph following the introduction and prayer, the Last Post, two-minute silence, the Reveille and the Lament included Morpeth Mayor Andrew Tebbutt and BBC Look North presenter Carol Malia, a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland.

Afterwards, the parade reformed and marched back to the Town Hall, where commanders called ‘eyes left’ for the Mayor to take the salute.

Refreshments were then made available in the building for members of the public.

An Armistice Day service and lunch took place at Northumberland Colleges Kirkley Hall campus.

An Armistice Day service and lunch took place at Northumberland Colleges Kirkley Hall campus.

A short service and two-minute silence also took place in the town centre last Friday, Armistice Day.

Coun Tebbutt said: “The turnout was excellent on Sunday and Friday, and there must have been 3,000 to 4,000 out in Morpeth on Sunday to pay their respects.

“I was delighted that Carol Malia was present, she was excellent in her capacity as Deputy Lord Lieutenant.

“I would like to thank all those who took part in and turned out for the services to remember members of our Armed Forces who died in battle in the two World Wars and other conflicts.”

Military Academy and emergency services students were present at the Kirkley Hall service.

Military Academy and emergency services students were present at the Kirkley Hall service.

There was also a big turnout in Ponteland on Sunday for the service that was held outside the Memorial Hall following the parade which marched from the leisure centre.

Those who laid a wreath included Ponteland Mayor Carl Rawlings and Ponteland Middle School headteacher Caroline Pryer, also a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland.

Light refreshments were available afterwards in the hall.

A service and two-minute silence took place outside County Hall in Morpeth last Friday.

A piper playing at the Kirkley Hall service on Armistice Day.

A piper playing at the Kirkley Hall service on Armistice Day.

Accompanied by a Northumbrian piper, wreaths of poppies were laid at the war memorial.

Members of the public, councillors and Northumberland County Council staff, war veterans and representatives of the RAF, RBL, Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and RAF Boulmer were present.

Also last Friday, Northumberland College held an Armistice Day service and lunch at its Kirkley Hall campus.

The lunch presented an opportunity to connect the new Military Academy and emergency services students to existing services personnel and veterans.

Other Northumberland College students gathered on the grass for the service.

Those in attendance at Ponteland included members of the Northumbria Army Cadet Force. Picture by Trevor Walker.

Those in attendance at Ponteland included members of the Northumbria Army Cadet Force. Picture by Trevor Walker.

From left, Rector of Morpeth Rev Simon White, Carol Malia, Coun Andrew Tebbutt and Coun Joan Tebbutt. Picture by MorpethNewsTV.

From left, Rector of Morpeth Rev Simon White, Carol Malia, Coun Andrew Tebbutt and Coun Joan Tebbutt. Picture by MorpethNewsTV.