We will remember them

Sunday's ceremony at the ANZAC day parade at Chevington .
Sunday's ceremony at the ANZAC day parade at Chevington .
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A ceremony was held to remember the 12 airmen from Australia and New Zealand who died during the Second World War while serving at the former RAF fighter base at RAF Acklington.

Present at the ceremony at Chevington cemetery where the men are buried were representatives from the Royal Air Force, the Royal Australian Air Force, the Royal Air Forces Association (Newcastle, Hartlepool and Alnwick Branches), Royal British Legion, the Air Training Corps, East Chevington Parish Council and the people of Hadston, Chevington and Red Row.

Squadron Leader Sean Gell, from the Royal Australian Air Force, who is currently serving on a tour of duty at RAF Boulmer, explained that ANZAC Day is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand.

He said he was grateful that the Royal Air Forces Association was honouring the memory of those airmen who had died in the service of this country.

During the ceremony the national anthems of Australia and New Zealand were played and Padre Paul Rennie, from RAF Boulmer, led the gathering in prayer. Wreaths were laid at the RAF memorial and members of the 1110 Sqn Air Training Corps laid a poppy cross on the grave of each of the ANZACs.

The Act of Remembrance included the Last Post and concluded with a march-past.