Tynedale: WW1 anniversary will be marked in Abbey
Published at 07:37, Wednesday, 06 August 2014
THIS weekend marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the global conflict which affected virtually every town and village in Tynedale.
Special services, vigils and candle lighting ceremonies are being held in many parts of the district.
But much of the focus will be on Hexham Abbey, which has been chosen to host the commemoration service for the whole of Northumberland.
The Lord Lieutenant of the county, the Duchess of Northumberland, has arranged the service, which will be attended by civic dignitaries and representatives of many organisations in the county.
There will be hymns and readings as well as contributions from the Abbey Choir, the Band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers and members of the Northumberland Theatre Company.
During the service, the duchess will lay a wreath to commemorate those who died in the conflict.
The Casino Band of Northumbria Cadet Force will play before the service in Beaumont Street.
The duchess said: “The First World War claimed the lives of 16 million people, involved over 100 countries and had an impact on the lives of every town and village in our country.
“In our own county, the Northumberland Fusiliers lost over 16,000 men during the course of the war.
“I hope the service at Hexham Abbey will provide an opportunity to reflect on the great sacrifices made by so many in the war to help shape the world in which we now live.”
The service is open to the general public, but places are limited, so anyone wishing to attend should arrive at the Abbey by 3.45pm at the latest.
Published by http://www.hexhamcourant.co.uk