Sunday Sun - - News - By MIKE KELLY Re­porter mike.kelly@ncjme­

SI­LENCE fell across the North yes­ter­day as the re­gion joined the rest of the UK to re­mem­ber and pay trib­ute to its fallen heroes.

At the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, Big Ben, which has been si­lent since Au­gust be­cause of re­pair work, chimed to mark Ar­mistice Day with two min­utes of si­lence.

Ser­vices and wreath lay­ing cer­e­monies were held around the re­gion to com­mem­o­rate the 99 years since the end of the First World War.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple gath­ered in Durham mar­ket place. They joined the Mayor and rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Royal Bri­tish Le­gion who ob­served the two minute’s si­lence from the steps of Durham Town Hall.

There were also cer­e­monies and wreath lay­ing events through­out the day at Birt­ley Ceno­taph, Green­side War Memo­rial, the Low Fell Boer War Memo­rial on Durham Road, and the White Swan Cen­tre in Killing­worth.

In South Shields at St Stephen’s Church there was also a wreath lay­ing cer­e­mony, as well as one at the Mer­chant Navy Memo­rial and one at Monk­ton Vil­lage.

A se­ries of events had al­ready taken place across the North East in the run up to Ar­mistice Day.

Hun­dreds of shells and peb­bles were used to cre­ate a stun­ning poppy dis­play at the foot of the fa­mous Tommy statue along the seafront in Sea­ham.

And in Gateshead, a mov­ing Field of Re­mem­brance with scores of crosses has been opened at Saltwell Park.

Mean­while, res­i­dents at Wash­ing­ton Manor met Falk­lands War hero Si­mon We­ston.

It is part of the St Martins Care group, for which Si­mon is an am­bas­sador, and op­er­ates six care homes across the re­gion from New­cas­tle to Teesside.

Durham County Cricket’s South African stars, Bry­don Carse and Gareth Harte, also at­tended the event at Wash­ing­ton Manor.

There are also many more events tak­ing place to­day, Re­mem­brance Sun­day.

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