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Warkworth & Amble District Royal British Legion WW1 Commemoration Event
Sgt Craik with standard

Warkworth & Amble District Royal British Legion WW1 Commemoration Event Sgt Craik with standard

An original First World War banner went on show during Warkworth’s poignant commemorations last weekend to honour the centenary of the conflict.

The banner was hung across Castle Street in 1915 when the wounded returned to the village.

It had been in the loft of John Young, from Bede House, Amble. He recognised it in an old photo which he had been asked to blow up at his shop, as part of the village’s special First World War exhibition on Saturday.

Organisers of the Warkworth event described the banner as a wonderful surprise and included it in the display at the Memorial Hall.

As well as the exhibition, a service was held at the war memorial with the laying of named crosses of the fallen.

Standard bearer Sgt Craik, from Amble Army Cadets, as well as Alan Wade, the standard bearer Warkworth and Amble District Royal British Legion branch, attended.

War heroes’ descendants came from near and far, including Australia and the Isle of Man, to attend the event.

The war memorial was renovated by Warkworth Parish Council and the frontage to the Memorial Hall was renovated by the hall committee.

The exhibition started at 1pm with display of biographies of more than 120 soldiers and a social history of the area.

Warkworth Choir sang songs from the era, there were poetry readings by the Village Drama Group, piper Beverley Palin played the Northumbrian Pipes and a bugler played the last post.

Teas and scones were donated by the public from both Amble, Warkworth and Acklington for the afternoon tea.

A raffle raised £460, and with donations to add to this amount, a large donation will be sent to the Poppy Appeal.

Warkworth and Amble District Royal British Legion has thanked everyone who helped and took part in making it such a successful day.

 

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