In the past, I have not been shy about criticising our town councils and local authorities but in doing so, I also believe that credit should be given where it’s due.
In that respect, I have to say that the arrangements made by Amble Town Council to mark the start of the First World War were exemplary.
The Commemorative Service and laying of wreaths at Amble’s west cemetery and the subsequent march to the War Memorial, led by the band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, was memorable, as was the ceremony that followed with the placing of 179 crosses showing the names of those brave, mostly young, men who lost their lives in the First World War, one of whom was my maternal grandfather, George Robert Horner.
The ceremony was made all the more moving with the backdrop of Beverley Palin playing a lament on the Northumbrian pipes and the bugler’s playing of the Last Post at the cemetery made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end. And it was good to see so many young people involved.
There was even an opportunity for free refreshments provided by Amble Co-operative Funeralcare staff and Spurreli Boutique Ice-cream and, amazingly, the forecast rain stayed away.
I would like to congratulate all those involved in organising this worthy event.