Park trib­ute to war he­roes

FALLEN SOL­DIERS RE­MEM­BERED WITH CER­E­MONY AND DIS­PLAY

Sunday Sun - - News - By So­nia Sharma Reporter so­nia.sharma@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

WAR he­roes who lost their lives fight­ing for their coun­try were re­mem­bered at a mov­ing event at a field of re­mem­brance.

Scores of peo­ple at­tended a ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony at the dis­play of crosses at Saltwell Park in Gateshead yes­ter­day.

The field in­cludes thou­sands of wooden crosses and other com­mem­o­ra­tive mark­ers, each fea­tur­ing the name of fallen ser­vice men and women.

The trib­utes were planted at the site by vol­un­teers over the past few days and a spe­cial ser­vice was held to mark its open­ing. The ded­i­ca­tion was fol­lowed by a minute’s si­lence.

Mar­cus Hawthorn, area man­ager for The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion in the North East, said: “We are de­lighted to work with Gateshead Coun­cil to host the Field of Re­mem­brance again this year.

“The ser­vice was an op­por­tu­nity for the pub­lic to pay their re­spects and also re­flect on the sac­ri­fices made by so many men and women who gave their lives for the free­dom we en­joy to­day.

“In this poignant year which marks the cen­te­nary of the First World War, we hope more peo­ple across the North East will visit our Field and pay trib­ute to those we must never for­get.”

This is the sixth year the park has been trans­formed into a large-scale trib­ute, the only event of its kind in the whole of north­ern Eng­land.

Mayor of Gateshead, Coun Pauline Dil­lon, said: “Our re­gion’s strong re­la­tion­ship with the armed forces stretches back gen­er­a­tions.

“It is a huge priv­i­lege for Gateshead to host the Field of Re­mem­brance and hon­our the brave men and women who have made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for our coun­try.

“This is al­ways a hugely emo­tional oc­ca­sion. Be­ing a part of this trib­ute means so much to so many peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly those who have lost loved ones.”

The dis­play will be open from dawn to dusk un­til Novem­ber 17.

It is a huge priv­i­lege for Gateshead to host the Field of Re­mem­brance and hon­our the brave men and women who made the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice for our coun­try COUN PAULINE DIL­LON

STEVE BROCK

A ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony took place at the Field of Re­mem­brance at Saltwell Park in Gateshead

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