Ashington joined with the rest of the country on Sunday (12 November) for its well-attended Remembrance Day Service.

The Remembrance Service and Parade was organised by the Ashington Branch of the Royal British Legion (RBL) with support from Ashington Town Council.

The Parade assembled at the Royal British Legion, on North Seaton Road, and marched to the Ashington Memorial Garden for the Service at 10.50am.

The parade was led by Ashington Colliery Band and include members of the RBL, military veterans, Mr Ian Lavery MP, Mr Steve Harmison (Deputy Lieutenant of Northumberland), the Civic Head of Ashington, members and staff from Ashington Town Council and County Councillors. The poignant Service was led by Pastor Michael Hedley.

Pictured is Mr Ian Lavery MP laying a wreath during the Service.

Mr John Simpson, the British Legion’s Poppy Appeal organiser, said ‘We are delighted at the turnout for the Service as well as people lining Station Road for the Parade. The Memorial Garden provides a perfect setting for the Service and once again the people of Ashington turned out in large numbers to demonstrate the genuine pride and respect they have for members of our Armed Forces past and present.’

The RBL and Ashington Town Council would like to thank Mr Graeme Wright of Northumberland YMCA and Northumberland County Council for their support. Thanks also to Ashington Camera Club for taking pictures during the day.

The traditional Remembrance Day Service also took place at St. Andrew’s Church, in Bothal, on Sunday afternoon.  The well attended service was led by Reverend John Park. Following the Service wreaths were laid at the Bothal War Memorial.