The sacrifices made by Hartlepool’s service men and women will be remembered at a series of services this weekend.
Two Remembrance Sunday services will take place on Sunday (November 13) at 11am, one in Victory Square in the town centre and the other at the Headland War Memorial in Redheugh Gardens.
The Victory Square service will be conducted by Civic Chaplain Father Nick Jennings and will be attended by the Mayor of Hartlepool Councillor Rob Cook and the Leader of Hartlepool Council Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher.
A parade led by the Sea Cadets Band will leave the Market Square (to the rear of York Road) at 10.45am. Following the service, there will be a march past and a salute of the cenotaph.
The Headland service will be conducted by the Reverend Verity Brown of
St Hilda’s Church. It will be attended by the Deputy Mayor of Hartlepool Councillor Paul Beck.
A parade led by the Boys Brigade Band will leave Church Walk at 10.45am and proceed to the Headland War Memorial via Prissick Street and Cliff Terrace. Following the service the parade will perform a march past and salute the memorial.
Two services will also take place on Saturday (November 12) at 11am, one at the war graves area in Stranton Cemetery and the other at the war memorial within North Cemetery.
At Stranton Cemetery, a parade will begin at 10.50am. All ex-service organisations are welcome to attend with their standards along with members of 883 Postal and Courier Squadron 162 Regiment Royal Logistics Corp. Local schoolchildren will lay poppies/crosses on the war graves. Hartlepool Mayor Councillor Rob Cook will be present along with Hartlepool MP Iain Wright. The Hartlepool Silver Band will be in attendance.
The North Cemetery service, organised by the Friends of North Cemetery, will be conducted by Father Graeme Buttery. Sea, Army and Air Cadets will lay wooden crosses on the 42 war graves within the cemetery.
Hartlepool Mayor Councillor Rob Cook said: “Remembrance Sunday services are hugely important events in the town’s calendar.
“As ever I am sure that the people of Hartlepool will show their support at the events which provide an opportunity to remember all those that have made sacrifices for others over the years.”
At both ceremonies there will be an opportunity for members of the public to lay wreaths.