Hundreds turn out for Hartlepool Remembrance Sunday services

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Hartlepool turned out in force to salute the fallen this Remembrance Sunday.

Hundreds of people, young and old, were at the town’s war memorial in Victory Square for the servic to remember those who have died fighting for our country.

Hartlepool's Remembrance Sunday parade

Hartlepool's Remembrance Sunday parade

The event, conducted by Civic Chaplain Father Nick Jennings, saw prayers read out and hymns sang.

Among those to lay wreaths were Hartlepool MP Iain Wright, town mayor Councillor Mary Fleet and council leader Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher.

Among those there to witness the service was Hartlepool man Barry Liddle, 59.

“This is the first time I’ve come to this service,” said Mr Liddle.

I’m here to remember my uncle, Frederick Liddle, who I never met. He died in a submarine off the coast of Malta, so this is always the day when I remember him.

Barry Liddle

“I’ve lived out of the area for many years even though I’m from the town.

“I’m here to remember my uncle, Frederick Liddle, who I never met.

“He died in a submarine off the coast of Malta, so this is always the day when I remember him.

“His name is one one of the new plinths next to the memorial.”

Following the event, civic dignitaries treat soldiers from 5 Surveillance and Target Acquisition to lunch and a drink at Richardson Westgarth Social Club, in Winterbottom Avenue.

As well as the town centre service, the Reverend Verity Brown conducted a memorial at St Hilda’s Church on the Headland.

The event was attended by the deputy mayor of Hartlepool, Councillor Kevin Cranney.

A parade led by the Boys Brigade Band left Church Walk before proceeding to the Headland War Memorial via Prissick Street and Cliff Terrace.

After the service took place a parade marched past and saluted the war memorial.