Remembrance events took place in Ashington on Saturday (27 April) to mark International Workers' Memorial Day 2019.

The events were organised by the South East Northumberland Trades Union Council and took place at the Elephant Public House and the Workers’ Memorial Garden at North Seaton Cemetery. 

Every year more people are killed at work than in wars and Workers’ Memorial Day commemorates those workers. 

A public meeting was held at the Elephant Public House and speakers included Mr Daniel Blackburn (International Centre for Trade Union Rights) and Ms Christine Carruthers (Recipient of a TUC Award for Health & Safety and Wellbeing).

Following the meeting Northumbrian piper, Bev Palin, led the traditional procession to the Workers’ Memorial Garden, at North Seaton Ceremony, where a wreath-laying ceremony took place.

The Ceremony was led by Mr Ian Lavery MP for Wansbeck and Mr Ronnie Campbell MP for Blyth Valley, supported by civic leaders. In his address Mr Ian Lavery highlighted the growing awareness and effect of mental health issues in the workplace and that more must be done to address this issue.

In the picture is Bev Palin and Ian Lavery MP at the Workers’ Memorial Garden.