Remembrance events took place in Ashington to mark International Workers’ Memorial Day 2018 on Saturday (28 April).

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 Liz McKean from War on Want and Adam Taylor, a health and safety campaigner, from Unison.

A Northumbrian piper then 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 (pictured) and was supported by civic leaders.