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       Hundreds of crosses were positioned in Stockton’s Garden of Remembrance
Wreaths are laid at the Stockton High Street Memorial attended by a huge crowd from the Community
Stockton Garden of Remembrance
The Stockton Branch DLI Association working with the RBL held their Garden of Remembrance for 3 days in the week before Remembrance Sunday. Branch members laid out the Garden on the Tuesday afternoon ready for an early start on Wednesday morning. Short services of Remembrance accom- panied by the sounds of the bugle were available to the children of local schools, conducted by members of the Association, but the major event was the Formal Commemoration on 9th Nov attended by the Mayor of Stockton Cllr Eileen Johnson and her Consort Paul Kirton, who laid a wreath for the Fallen of Stockton-on-Tees. The Mayor’s Chaplain Rev Martin Anderson led the prayers. Members
of the Stockton RBL, Councillors and Veterans as well as the members of Stockton Association DLI, LI & Rifles Association who organised the Garden for the seventh year were present. The theme was Remembrance and the end of the Great War. Infor- mation about the servicemen of Stockton killed in 1918 was displayed and summary boards about aspects of the war on the Western Front in 1918 provided information about the German Spring Offensive followed by the Allied Drive to Victory resulting in the Armistice on 11 November 1918. The meaning and purpose of Remembrance for young people was emphasised. During the week 440 students from 22 schools attended the garden to lay their own symbols of Remembrance, including over 200 students on the formal commemoration laying their individual symbols of remembrance in the garden beside their school logos. Regimental Badges showed the plots for servicemen’s individual crosses. Lt Col John Heron, President of the Stockton Branch spoke about the last year of the Great War and the meaning of Remembrance in the 21st century. Stockton Branch also conducted major Remembrance Services on Wednesday and Thursday at two local schools, Ian Ramsey School at Stockton and Outwood Academy in Redcar. These were led by the Stockton Branch Chairman David Smith and members of the Branch with buglers from the Association of Light Infantry and Rifles Buglers.
  1,246 lives were lost in Stockton during WW1
    Durham Festival of Remembrance Concert - Durham Cathedral
A wonderful event with atmosphere, music, branch standards, servicemen, veterans, In-Pen- sioners from the Royal Hospital and readings, organized by Mr Arthur Lockyear took place on 10 November, as it does every year on the evening before Remembrance Sunday. This is attended by civic and military leaders from the County including the Lord Lieutenant of Durham Mrs Sue Snowdon and the Mayor of Durham Mr John Lethbridge. Servicemen and women were present and numerous members of the public filled the cathedral to capacity to experience the spiritual aspect of Remembrance.
    Gen Robin Brims meets
99 year old Harry Oliver
at the reception prior to
the Cathedral’s Festival of Remembrance. On the right is Capt Mark Rudesill, US Naval Attaché to the UK

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