Opportunities to remember the fallen

Remembrance messages in Morpeth at a previous service.
Remembrance messages in Morpeth at a previous service.

Hundreds of people across Northumberland will pay tribute to the fallen on Remembrance Sunday.

In Morpeth, the parade of representatives from units and organisations, led by Morpeth Pipe Band, will set off from the Town Hall at 10.35am and will march to the Cenotaph via Bridge Street, Castle Square and Castle Bank.

After an introduction and prayer by the Rector of Morpeth, Rev Simon White, The Exhortation and the Last Post, there will be a two-minute silence.

The first wreath will be laid by a Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, followed by Morpeth Mayor Alison Byard, then the Royal British Legion, representatives of the Armed Forces, the RAF Association, emergency services and other organisations and individuals.

The singing of the national anthem, led by Rebecca Megwa, will conclude the service.

Afterwards, the parade will reform on the road and go back to Bridge Street, where the civic group and councillors will break off and assemble at the dais.

When marching past, commanders will call ‘eyes left’ for the Mayor to take the salute.

The parade will turn left into Newmarket and be called to a halt by the Parade Marshall. Members of the public can then get refreshments in the Town Hall.

Veterans who would normally go to the RAFA Club after the parade can go to the White Swan in Newgate Street (The Signet room upstairs) instead.

In Ponteland, an Act of Remembrance will be held outside the Memorial Hall from 10.55am.

A parade will march to the venue on Darras Road from Ponteland Leisure Centre at 10.45am. Various local and regional organisations will participate.

A two-minute silence will be observed at the War Memorial from 11am, after which wreaths will be laid by Ponteland Mayor Carl Rawlings and others. Refreshments will be served after the service in the Memorial Hall.

There will be temporary road closures in both locations.

In addition, an invitation has been extended to members of the public to join staff, councillors and ex-servicemen for a service at County Hall in Morpeth at 11am on Wednesday (November 11).

To mark the end of the First World War at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918, war veterans and representatives of the RAF, Royal British Legion and Royal Regiment of Fusiliers will join together to help commemorate the sacrifices of members of the Armed Forces and of civilians in times of war.

Accompanied by a Northumbrian piper, wreaths of poppies will be laid at the war memorial by Northumberland County Council’s civic head Kath Nisbet and by a Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland, among others.

A two-minute silence will also take place.

Coun Nisbet said: “The service is our way of recognising the debt we owe to the men and women who sacrificed their lives in the defence of this country and to pay tribute to those who continue to do so, facing conflict and uncertainty in war zones across the globe.”

Anyone wishing to attend the ceremony is asked to assemble at the war memorial by the Viking statue at the entrance to County Hall at 10.45am. Anyone wishing to lay a wreath should arrive at County Hall reception by 10.30am for a short briefing.

A short service and two-minute silence will also take place outside Morpeth Town Hall on Wednesday from 10.55am.

Rev White and Coun Byard will address the public.

Members of the public can send their pictures from Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day services to morpeth.herald@jpress.co.uk