Tributes to be paid

A poignant ceremony to remember brave airmen who lost their lives in the Second World War is being held at Chevington Cemetery tomorrow.

Organised by the Newcastle branch of the RAF Association, the service will honour and commemorate the 10 servicemen from Australia and New Zealand who are buried at the site.

During a service conducted by an RAF Padre, wreaths will be laid on Chevington’s RAF Memorial, while each individual airman’s grave will be honoured with a poppy cross.

The ceremony, which starts at 2pm, will be attended by two special guests, Squadron Leader Reinhardt of the Royal Australian Air Force and Lieutenant Commander Sutherland of the Royal New Zealand Navy.

Also present will be veteran members of the RAF Association, serving RAF members, cadets from the Air training Corps and North Durham MP Kevan Jones, as well as county and parish councillors. Members of the local community are also welcome.

This year’s service is especially poignant, as it is 100 years since soldiers from Australia and New Zealand landed at Gallipoli during the First World War. These fighters became known as Anzacs (Australian and New Zealand Army Corps) and in memory of their bravery on April 25, 1915, Anzac Day is a public holiday in Australia and New Zealand.

The annual service at Chevington - held on the Sunday nearest to Anzac Day – is one of only half a dozen which take place in the UK.