Newbiggin Service of Remembrance 2023
Councillor Alison Sutherland, Mayor of Newbiggin by the Sea has expressed her thanks to ‘all of the organisations, groups, and individuals that joined us in paying our respects to the fallen on Remembrance Sunday at the Colliery Memorial and Newbiggin Memorial Park. I would also like to thank our Town Council staff and Newbiggin Veterans for organising and delivering the event, Father Anthony for leading the Service, Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band for providing music’.
Following a short service wreaths were laid at Newbiggin Colliery Memorial by Councillor Alison Sutherland, Mayor of Newbiggin by the Sea, County Councillor Liz Simpson and a representative of Newbiggin Veterans Association.
Everyone then made their way to Front Street to muster for the parade to Newbiggin Memorial Park.
Upon the Call to order the Exhortation was read out by Parade Marshal Sheila Davies. The Last Post and Reveille were performed beautifully by Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band Principal Cornet Player, Sara James and a military trench whistle signalled the start and end of the two minute silence which was observed by all in attendance.
Wreaths were respectfully laid lead by Deputy Lord Lieutenant Keith Green, Councillor Alison Sutherland – Mayor of Newbiggin by the Sea, County Councillors Liz Simpson and Jim Lang.
Further wreaths, reflecting gratitude, were laid by: Royal British Legion, Newbiggin Veterans Association, Royal Air Force, Fusiliers Association, South Atlantic Medal Association, Newbiggin Churches Together, Newbiggin Salvation Army, Northumbria Police, Northumbria Fire and Rescue, HM Coastguard, RNLI, Northumbria Army Cadet Force, 3rd Newbiggin Scouts, Newbiggin WI, King Edward VII Masonic Lodge, Newbiggin Fisherman’s Association, Newbiggin Sailing Club, Jayess Newbiggin Brass Band, Newbiggin Community Ventures, Newbiggin by the Sea Partnership, Newbiggin Bank House Club, Newbiggin Allotment Association, Newbiggin Traders Association, AFC Newbiggin, AFC Newbiggin Juniors and Newbiggin Bowling Club.
Following the wreath laying Reverend O’Grady conducted a service leading us in hymm, and prayers and the National Anthem.
Cllr Sutherland said ‘It was lovely to see Newbiggin come out in force to pay their respects. Groups and organisations, young and old, were there all paying tribute on this important day’.