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Remembrance 2021

Breamish Valley Remembrance 2021

On Sunday 14 November 2021 residents of Breamish Valley, and visitors from further afield, came to remember service personnel who died protecting our freedoms.

In a well-attended service led by Revd. Velda Nicholson people, old and young, gathered to remember the sacrifice of those who lost their lives in conflicts.

Head shot of Reverend Velda Nicholson
Revd. Velda Nicholson

After welcoming everyone to the Powburn Community Garden, Revd. Nicolson introduced Robbie Burn BEM (Project Lead for the Breamish Valley War Memorial) who spoke briefly about the history of the memorial and the motivation for wishing to celebrate local war veterans.

The Exhortation was then given by Ian Wilkinson prior to the attendees impeccably observing the two-minute silence at 11:00am. Ian then spoke the words of the Kohima Epitaph:

When you go home, tell them of us and say,
for your tomorrow, we gave our today.

Photo of two men standing side by side: Robbie Burn and Ian Wilkinson
Robbie Burn BEM and Ian Wilkinson

Wreaths were laid by May Wilson BEM (event organiser and Chair of the Hedgeley Parish Council) and Noreen Birnie on behalf of Hedgeley Parish Council and the Hedgeley Women’s Institute respectively.

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Hedgeley Parish Council wreath
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Hedgeley Women’s Institute wreath
May Wilson BEM (organiser)

The music was provided by Pete Taylor who fittingly played on the Northumbrian Pipes:

Photo of man playing Northumbrian Pipes
Pete Taylor playing the Northumbrian Pipes

Following the service, many who attended gathered at the Breamish Hall for light refreshments and to share memories of loved relatives, friends and associates.

Photo of two men and female vicar standing beside a war memorial
Robbie Burn, Revd. Velda Nicholson and Ian Wilkinson
Breamish Valley War Memorial

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2 Comments

  1. A fitting service of remembrance at the memorial in Powburn. A fantastic effort by all involved with the memorial.

  2. Thanks for taking the time to share your thoughts. I’m glad you enjoyed the service. As you say, it was a credit to all involved. Best wishes!

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