Ashington’s Remembrance Day Parade and Service took place on Sunday (10 November).
The Ashington Parade took place from the Royal British Legion, on North Seaton Road, along Station Road to the Ashington Memorial Garden on Kenilworth Road.
The Remembrance Day Service, in the Ashington Memorial Garden, drew one of the biggest attendances in recent memory and was led by Father David Twomey (St. John’s Church) and Major Mark Dooley (The Salvation Army). Music was provided by the Ashington Colliery Band and the communal singing supported by the Ashington Music Society.
Mr Clen McCrory, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Northumberland, was in attendance supported by the Civic Head of Ashington Cllr. Lawrence Henderson as well as town and county councillors.
Mrs Gloria Leitch, of the Royal British Legion said ‘We are delighted at the number of people who joined us for the Parade and Service. The Ashington Memorial Garden provides an ideal setting for the Service and the large numbers demonstrate the genuine pride and respect the Ashington community has for members of our Armed Forces past and present’.
The Service was organised by Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion with support from Ashington Town Council and we thank everyone who made the event a success. We particularly appreciate the support of Northumberland County Council and Ashington Camera Club who photographed the occasion with additional photographs below.
This year a cascade of poppies were placed in the Memorial Garden which was warmly received. The cascade was created by Ashington Women’s Institute and we thank them for their efforts in making the Garden extra special for this years service - a photograph can be seen below.
The traditional Remembrance Day Service also took place at St. Andrew’s Church, in Bothal. The Service was led by the Rev. John Park and was again well attended. The Civic Head and Bothal ward councillors attended the service.