Cheviot air crash victims remembered at East Ord
A service of remembrance to honour air crew whose lives were lost in in an air crash over Cheviot took place on Saturday at East Ord war memorial.
On the 73rd anniversary of the loss of the B17 44-6504 Flying Fortress of 303rd H Bombardment Group USAAF, the parade was made up of 73 parade participants.
An Honour Guard provided by 48 Fighter Wing (Liberty Wing) United States Air Force led the parade, which involved Lord Lieutenants of both Northumberland and Berwickshire, the Vice Lord Lieut of Berwickshire, Deputy Mayor of Berwick, Wing Commander Murphy MBE, Berwick’s army and air cadets and the Royal British Legion Scotland Riders Branch.Music was provided by piper Laura Robertson and the Last Post sounded by Paul Rooney.
The remembrance service is an annual event, organised by Keith and Doreen Cockburn along with their Parade of Colours team, and this was the first time the service had been held in East Ord.
Following the short parade to the memorial, a service was delivered by Mr Cockburn. Those gathered heard the story of Sheila the sheepdog who was honoured with the Dicken medal, and of her shepherd, John Dagg.
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Tributes were paid to the fallen – and to the young people in attendance.
The community of East Ord was very supportive of the event and a turn out of more than 50 people came to watch the proceedings.
The American visitors were hosted by Berwick Army Cadet Force and spent Friday night at the Berwick Cancer Cars fund-raising Christmas party with the detachment adults at the Black and Gold and enjoyed lunch at the Barn at Beal on Saturday, prior to returning to RAF Lakenheath.