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Remembering those who lost their lives

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THE eleventh hour of the eleventh month was marked on a bright autumnal morning in towns and villages across north Northumberland on Remembrance Sunday.

In Berwick, there was a good turnout at the Civic Service of Remembrance at St Andrew’s Wallace Green and Lowick Church Of Scotland conducted by Canon Alan Hughes and Rev Dr Adam Hood.

Many more attended the Royal British Legion Service of Remembrance at the Castlegate war memorial where a two-minute silence was observed and wreaths were laid.

A procession down Castlegate and Marygate to the town hall saw Mayor John Robertson take the salute. Later in the day he attended services at Tweedmouth and Spittal war memorials before the civic party attended an evening service at Berwick Parish Church.

Remembrance services were also held in Belford, Seahouses, Beadnell, Lowick and Wooler.

Henry McCreath, a former Prisoner of War, joined pupils, parents, staff and civic dignitaries at Holy Trinity First School’s Circle of Peace on Friday.

The 97 year-old, who was captured in Singapore during World War Two, was praised by the Vicar of Berwick, Canon Alan Hughes for the moral courage and inspirational leadership he showed under torture from the Japanese and his tireless effort in subsequent years to help former prisoners of war.

Canon Hughes said: “God willing he will reach his centenary in the year we mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War - a war which, as Henry discovered, was not The War to end all Wars.”

Pupils marked the occasion by laying poppies and crosses in the school playground before Sheriff, Robbie Dalgleish and his daughter, Molly, read Flanders Field. The Year 4 choir also sang a song. Head teacher Dawn Groves said the large turn-out reinforced the importance of the event in the minds of the children.

 

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