Towns fall silent to honour the fallen

MORPETH and Ponteland will fall silent to honour the fallen at Remembrance events.

A two-minute silence will be held in Morpeth Market Place at 11am tomorrow to pay tribute to members of the Armed Forces who have given their lives in service to their country.

Before then, the buglers and standard bearers will take position, there will be addresses by Rev Tony Curtis and Mayor Phil Taylor and the Last Post will be sounded.

There will also be an Armistice Day ceremony at County Hall, Loansdean, at the same time.

War veterans and representatives of the RAF, Royal British Legion and Royal Regiment of Fusiliers as well as Northumberland County Council will join together for the service, which will include the laying of poppies at the war memorial.

Anyone wishing to attend the ceremony is asked to assemble at the memorial near the entrance to County Hall at 10.40am.

Those who would like to lay a wreath should arrive at reception by 10.30am for a short briefing.

On Sunday, a parade will set off from Morpeth Town Hall at 10.35am to the Cenotaph via Bridge Street, Castle Square and Castle Bank.

It will be led by Morpeth Pipe Band, which will play a traditional air at the service, and others who will be marching include councillors, Freemen of Morpeth, Honorary Aldermen, the Royal British Legion, veterans and representatives of the Armed Forces and emergency services.

The service will include a prayer by the Rector of Morpeth, Rev Robert McLean, the exhortation, the placing of wreaths and the singing of the national anthem, led by King Edward VI School student Rebecca Megwa.

On arrival back at the Town Hall, the parade will march past and commanders will call ‘eyes left’ for the Mayor to take the salute.

In Ponteland, the Act of Remembrance will be held outside the Memorial Hall, from 10.55am. A parade, marshalled by the Officer Commanding 733 Squadron Air Training Corps, will travel to the building from the Leisure Centre at 10.45am.

Representatives of the Ponteland Clergy will take the service. At 11am a two minutes’ silence will be observed at the War Memorial, after which wreaths will be laid.