Aycliffe Remembers

Many residents braved a cold, foggy November morning to line the roads outside of St. Clare’s Church Newton Aycliffe for the Annual Remembrance Day Parade and Service on Sunday 13th November. 

Revd Stephanie Price carried out a short service outside of St. Clare’s where the observance of the two minutes silence and wreath laying ceremony was carried out.

The wreath laying procession was led by a representative of the Lord Lieutenant’s Office, Dame Dela Smith DBE DL.

Paul Howell MP, the Reviewing Officer for the parade, Fg. Off. Loraine, the Mayor of Great Aycliffe, Councillor Ken Robson and Councillors Jim Atkinson and Neville Jones as representatives of Durham County Council together with members of the Armed Forces, clubs, churches, schools and members of the public all laid wreaths too.

A display of poppies and had been placed around the outside area of the church and the commemorative D.L.I. bench was installed and provided by Great Aycliffe Town Council.

Following a service of remembrance in church conducted by Revd. Jeff Anderson, the parade assembled outside for the March Past and Salute overseen by Fg. Off. Harry Loraine. 

The Parade was dismissed in the yard of the Barnard Armoury.

A Remembrance Day commemoration with the laying of wreaths was carried out at St Andrews Church, Aycliffe Village later the same day with Canon Rev. Ann Anderson carrying out the service.

The Mayor Councillor Ken Robson said, “Remembrance Day and the laying of the wreath has had a lasting effect on me. I was humbled to see so many Newtonians of all ages turn out for the parade and service both at St Clare’s church and later at St Andrews, in fact I was quite overcome with emotion on the day. As Mayor of Great Aycliffe I would like to thank everyone for coming along to pay your respects for the fallen in all wars. Let us never forget their sacrifice”.