WATCH: Hartlepool remembers its fallen at war graves ceremony

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The fallen of both world wars were remembered with a special event at the weekend.

Work has been under way at Hartlepool’s North Cemetery to reinstate war graves.

Sue Snowdon, the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, speaking at the dedication of the memorial to the Fallen of the Great War at the North Cemetery.

Sue Snowdon, the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, speaking at the dedication of the memorial to the Fallen of the Great War at the North Cemetery.

A total of 81 victims of the First and Second World Wars are either buried or remembered in the cemetery, and the work has been carried out by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC), working in partnership with Hartlepool Borough Council, the Friends of North Cemetery Group and Hartlepool MP Iain Wright.

The work has now been completed and a special Service of Dedication was held on Saturday to mark the occasion.

The project included the construction of a new memorial to commemorate 40 war casualties, and phase two has recently seen the erection of new headstones on 41 graves.

CWGC Commissioner and North Durham MP Kevan Jones said: “The CWGC is extremely grateful for all the help and support it has received, and it is deeply rewarding to see the work complete and to give these brave individuals a commemoration worthy of their sacrifice.”

Local cadets pictured at the service.

Local cadets pictured at the service.

Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the leader of Hartlepool Borough Council, said: “The new memorial and headstones in North Cemetery are a fitting tribute to the victims of war.”

Jane Shaw, chairman of the Friends of North Cemetery, added: “The group has a long-standing commitment to protect and develop the historic North Cemetery.”

Saturday’s dedication service included an introduction by the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham Sue Snowdon and a ‘Reading of the Names’, followed by a minute’s silence.

(Video c/o BBC)