Remembrance services in Hartlepool and East Durham

PEOPLE in Hartlepool fell silent to remember the sacrifices made by service men and women.

Hartlepool College of Further education staged a remembrance service that included members of military associations, members of the Armed Forces, civic dignitaries and representatives from local organisations.

It came ahead of further services taking place tomorrow including one at Victory Square and the other at the Headland War Memorial in Redheugh Gardens.

Services are also being held in Peterlee and the surrounding villages at the same time.

The Victory Square service in Hartlepool will be conducted by Civic Chaplain the Reverend Val Towler and will be attended by the Ceremonial Mayor of Hartlepool Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher, the Leader of Hartlepool Council Councillor Christopher Akers-Belcher, the Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Hartlepool MP Iain Wright and senior police and fire officers.

The Headland service will be conducted by the Reverend Chris Collison of St Hilda’s Church. It will be attended by the Deputy Ceremonial Mayor of Hartlepool Councillor Kevin Cranney.

DETAILS of services being held in Hartlepool and East Durham include:

• In Hartlepool town centre 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 war memorial.

• On the Headland 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.

• At both ceremonies there will be an opportunity for members of the public to lay wreaths.

• Peterlee Town Council’s commemorations will see people meeting at 10.15am at Peterlee Central Club, in Surtees Road, ready for a march at 10.40am to St Cuthbert’s Church, in Manor Way, where various town dignitaries will join in a service.

• In Horden, people are asked to meet at Horden Social Welfare Centre, in Seventh Street, at 10am, where refreshments will be available, ready for 10.30am when a march starts and heads to the monument in Memorial Park.

• In Shotton Colliery, residents are asked to meet at Shotton Comrades Club in Potto Street at 10.15am before a parade starts at 10.40am and heads to the war memorial in Front Street.

• Blackhall’s service will be held in Welfare Park, starting at 10.45am and Hesleden’s meeting place will be outside Hesleden Methodist Church at 10.45am before a service in the graveyard for 11am.

• Residents in Wingate will meet outside The Fir Tree pub at 10.30am before a march via North Road to the war memorial in Nattress Terrace, where Sean Ivey, a Sergeant with the Royal Marines, will give a reading and wreaths will be laid.

• Five wreaths representing local organisations, including the parish council and St Paul’s Church, will be laid during Haswell’s commemorations.

• Haswell residents are asked to meet at the church at 10.45am, ready for a service at the village memorial.