This past Remembrance Sunday saw hundreds of Ashington residents turn out to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Attendees gathered at the town's Memorial Garden to pay tribute through a solemn service and wreath laying ceremony.
Those in attendance represented a cross-section of the community, including Deputy Lord Lieutenant Glen McCrory, Civic Head of Ashington Councillor Victor Bridges, Member of Parliament Ian Lavery, members of the Royal British Legion Ashington Branch, and an Honour Guard from Zulu Company 5 Fusiliers.
Reverend C.J. Groocock, Royal British Legion Branch Chaplain, and Reverend R. Biddiss, County Chaplain, led the remembrance service. Ashington Colliery Band provided music alongside communal hymns supported by the Ashington Music Society.
Wreaths were respectfully laid by officials and local organizations at the Memorial Gardens' monument in honour of the fallen. The wreaths serve as symbols of Ashington's eternal gratitude.
Councillor Bridges said, “It was incredibly moving to see so many pay tribute on this important day. We will never forget those who gave their lives for our freedom.”
While Remembrance Sunday represents a national collective moment of reflection, the large turnout in Ashington shows just how deeply this small community feels bound to honouring those lost in conflict. Sunday's ceremony provided an opportunity to unite in appreciation of their ultimate sacrifice.
Photos by Roy Smith, Ashington Camera Club