A special day of events to commemorate First World War heroes from Lesbury, including a former village school pupil who was honoured with a military award for gallantry, is being held later this month.
Lesbury Remembers 1914 to 1918 will be staged in the village on Saturday, September 26, and is timed to coincide with the centenary of the brave Victoria Cross-winning actions of Piper Daniel Logan Laidlaw.
Laidlaw was 40 when he carried out the courageous deed during the Battle of Loos in France in 1915. Despite heavy German bombardment and being shot in both legs, he mounted the parapet and marched up and down, playing his company out of the trench. His bravery inspired British troops to a successful assault on armed enemy fortifications.
Piper Laidlaw, known as the Piper of Loos, was a pupil at the village’s former Church of England school, which is now the village hall.
As part of the Lebsury Remembers event, a specially-commissioned plaque and a commemorative paving stone will be unveiled at the village hall to mark the occasion. Lt Col (Retd) CGO Hogg of the Kings Own Scottish Borderers and Coun David Ledger, deputy leader of Northumberland County Council, will be performing the honours.
One of the highlights during the day, which runs from 10am to 4pm, is a parade at 1.45pm. It will be fronted by Pipe Major (Retd) Ross Munro of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards, who will lead a 30-strong pipe and drum band along Lesbury Road, which will be closed to traffic until 2.30pm. Among those to take part will be members of the Laidlaw family, some of whom will travel from America for the event
The village hall will be open from 10am for a display of memorabilia, as well as information about Piper Laidlaw. Outside, a team from Alnwick’s Bailiffgate Museum, as well as Alnwick Army cadets will be giving demonstrations, while period re-enactment team Time Bandits will be giving drilling lessons.
Children from Hipsburn First School will dress in period costume and will enact some classroom scenes and perform songs of the era.
Lesbury WI and Bridge Club will serve home-made cakes and tea and coffee throughout the day.
At 7pm, there will be a showing of War Horse in the village hall. A minimum donation of £4 is required.