Parade and service will honour fallen

Coun Dave Herne is a military veteran.
Coun Dave Herne is a military veteran.

Veterans and members of the public are invited to pay their respects at this year’s Remembrance Sunday event in Morpeth.

Morpeth Town Council, in partnership with the Royal British Legion, organises the service and parade each year.

The parade, 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. The service will then take place.

After an introduction and prayer by the Rector of Morpeth, Rev Simon White, there will be a two-minute silence, following which, wreaths will be laid.

Afterwards, the parade will reform and march past the Town Hall, where the Mayor will take the salute.

Town councillor Dave Herne, a military veteran, said: “Let’s make this the best attended parade to date in Morpeth and if you are currently serving or are a military veteran, please come along and parade with us, especially from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force as these are usually the least represented of the Armed Forces.

“Medals and awards and headdress – if you still have it – to be worn.”

There will be refreshments in the Town Hall afterwards for members of the public and Coun Herne and other veterans will be meeting in the White Swan, Newgate Street.

In addition, 80 singers from Mid Northumberland Chorus will be singing at St James’ Church in Morpeth on Sunday from 3pm.

The service of commemoration will include choruses from Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man and readings.