Saluting soldiers

A Northumberland village is uniting in aid of Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

The national awareness day takes place across the country on Saturday, and the Widdrington community didn’t want to miss out.

Organisers from Widdrington Station and Stobswood Parish Council have come together to ensure a full day of remembrance and activities.

Events will be taking place at Widdrington Community centre on Saturday, from 10.30am until 5pm.

Coun Shelly Willoughby said: “We will be marching our British Legion Standard accompanied by a Piper, from the Co-op to the centre at 11am. We have some Naval and RAF cadets joining us in the march.

“All our user groups are involved — WI members are displaying Women in the War, the Craft Club is displaying Make Do and Mend, and the Sugarcraft Class has created a beautiful cake depicting all the services, which will be shared on the day.

“The Brownies are attending as evacuees, the Methodist Church is displaying The Bevin Boys and Mining, and some of the allotment holders are displaying Dig for Victory.”

The event will also have live music, and there will even be a game of bingo curtesy of the local bingo club.

Entry costs £1.50, with proceeds to be divided between The Royal British Legion and Help for Heroes.