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Rememberance Sunday at Victory Square, Hartlepool. Veterans Alan Guy (left) and Paul Allen with Paul's grandchildren Poppie, 8, and Lexie, 3.
Rememberance Sunday at Victory Square, Hartlepool. Veterans Alan Guy (left) and Paul Allen with Paul's grandchildren Poppie, 8, and Lexie, 3.
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HERE are more poignant scenes from the various Remembrance Sunday parades held throughout Hartlepool and east Durham.

People did themselves proud as they turned out in force to reflect on the sacrifices made by members of the Armed Forces.

Remembrance Services were held in Hartlepool’s Victory Square, in Victoria Road and Redheugh Gardens, on the Headland.

Similar scenes were repeated across the area, with a parade in Peterlee, from the town’s Central Club to St Cuthbert’s Church.

There was also a parade from Horden to the village’s Memorial Park, as well as ceremonies in Easington Colliery, Easington Village, Blackhall, Wheatley Hill, Wingate, Hesleden and Shotton Colliery.

During the ceremony in Victory Square, which included a parade of cadets, service personnel and veterans from Market Square, the Reverend Val Towler, of St George’s United Reformed Church, led the commemorations.

Dignitaries, members of various military and community organisations and members of the public also laid wreaths on the war memorial.

Among those to lay wreaths were little Poppie and Lexie Allen.

Poppie, eight, and her three-year-old sister Lexie carried out the honour with their grandfather Paul Allen, a 59-year-old ex-member of 1st Batallion Light Infanty and Durham Light Infantry (DLI) association president Alan Guy, 73, who served from 1959 to 1983.

Sacred Heart Primary School pupil Poppie, whose dad Richard Allen was also at the service, said: “I’m really proud of my granddad. It’s been a very special day.”

Mr Allen, a Hartlepool boxing coach who helped to nurture the talents of town fighter and Olympic hopeful Amanda Coulson, served with the Light Infantry from 1969 to 1979, and was stationed in countries including Northern Ireland, Germany, Belize and Canada and Hong Kong.

He said: “Today is a big deal.”