Remembering the war dead

Pictured below, last year's remembrance service
Pictured below, last year's remembrance service
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TWO services will be held in town to remember the sacrifices made by Hartlepool’s war heroes.

Town residents can pay their respects to the brave Hartlepool people who lost their lives at war on Remembrance Sunday as services will be held at Victory Square, in the town centre, and at the Headland War Memorial.

Last year's Hartlepool service

Last year's Hartlepool service

Both services will start at 11am after parades including town dignitaries and senior police and fire officers.

The town centre parade, led by the Sea Cadets Band, will leave Market Square at 10.45am before arriving at Victory Square.

The service, which will be attended by Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond, town MP Iain Wright and Chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council Stephen Akers-Belcher, will be conducted by Reverend Val Towler

Dignitaries will then march past and salute the war memorial in the square after the service.

The parade ahead of the Headland service will leave Church Walk at 10.45am, led by the Boys’ Brigade Band.

The parade will head to the war memorial, via Prissick Street and Cliff Terrace, and will also perform a salute to the memorial after the service,

Reverend Chris Collison, of St Hilda’s Church, will conduct the service, which will be attended by the vice-chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council, Councillor Kevin Cranney.

People will get an opportunity to lay wreaths at both ceremonies, which have been organised by the Combined Ex-Service Associations along with Hartlepool Borough Council.

Remembrance Sunday also marks the return of two bus services to the Hartlepool area which were previously withdrawn.

From this Sunday, the No.1 route will operate a Sunday daytime service every 30 minutes and the No.7 route will also start an evening service every 30 minutes from Sunday to Thursday.

Both services will start in time for people to travel into town to pay their respects.

Full bus timetable details are available on www.hartlepool.gov.uk.