Remembering our fallen heroes

Residents pay their respects at the Morpeth Remembrance service.
Residents pay their respects at the Morpeth Remembrance service.

RESIDENTS and officials fell silent to honour the fallen at Remembrance Sunday services across the county.

In Morpeth, a parade led by the Morpeth Pipe Band set off from the Town Hall to the Cenotaph for a short service. After the two-minute silence, wreaths were laid in memory of members of the Armed Forces who have given their lives in service to their country.

Among the group in the parade was Rev Tony Curtis, Morpeth Mayor Mark Horton and other councillors, Honorary Aldermen, Freemen of Morpeth, Armed Forces veterans and representatives from the Royal British Legion.

Coun Horton said: “I was very proud of the way Morpeth turned out in force for the service.

“It’s extremely important that we continue to remember the sacrifices made by our Armed Forces in various conflicts.”

Rebecca Megwa, who attends King Edward VI School, was asked to sing the first two verses of the national anthem.

Her great grandfather Bert Slaughter, who served with the Royal Northumberland Fusiliers, received bravery medals in the UK and France and a watch from King George for his heroic actions at Dunkirk.

The Year 13 student and Deputy Head Girl was also present at a Service of Remembrance and placing of wreaths at the KEVI War Memorial on Monday morning.

She said: “It was an honour to be asked back to sing the national anthem at the Morpeth Cenotaph. It was a very touching and emotional service.

“It’s really important that everyone remembers the fallen and at KEVI we paid our respects to the ex-students and teachers who have fought in wars over the years.”

An Act of Remembrance parade and service also took place in Ponteland, with the group marching from the leisure centre to the War Memorial outside the Memorial Hall.

Among those laying a wreath were Guides, Scouts and Air Cadets groups.

Ponteland Mayor Peter Cowey said: “The service was very well attended. The Memorial Hall car park was just about full and there were many people lining the route.

“About 40 wreaths were laid and I think it is wonderful that so many people and organisations in Ponteland honoured the fallen in this way.”