HEROES listed on a war memorial will be honoured on Friday at the first Remembrance Service held there in more than 20 years.
Last year, concerns were raised that the war memorial cross in South Church near Bishop Auckland was no longer part of the town’s Armistice Day commemorations.
Located in the entrance to St Andrew’s Church, the 12-feet high stone memorial lists the names of more than 300 men from the Bishop Auckland parish who fell in First World War.
HONOURED: The war memorial at St Andrew’s Church in South Church
Historically, councillors, Lord Lieutenants, the Durham Light Infantry, and organisations such as the Royal Navy Association and Royal Air Force Association, would march to St Andrew’s Church for a service, laying wreaths at the memorial as they passed.
But, in the 1990s, the town’s main memorial moved from Station Bridge to the Market Place and the service moved to nearby St Anne’s Church. Since then, the South Church memorial has not featured in the commemorations.
Last November, Billy Neilson, retired agent to former Bishop Auckland MP Derek Foster, highlighted how no wreaths had been laid at the memorial on Remembrance Sunday in The Northern Echo.
And a few weeks later, the County Durham branch of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) stepped in to help, placing a special wreath on the memorial.
At 11am on Friday, November 11, representatives from the military charity will once again lay wreaths and conduct a minute’s silence at the site, with Ruth Wright, of Bishop Auckland Pipes and Drums, playing the Piper’s Lament.
Mike Donne, chairman of the SSAFA County Durham branch, said: “This is a major war memorial in Bishop Auckland and it is also the memorial that has the names of the fallen on it. I just felt it couldn’t be neglected.”
The memorial has also received a makeover, thanks to Durham County Council, which arranged for the structure to be cleaned and repointed, with the names of the fallen repainted and re-leaded.
William Allison & Sons, the same company that designed and built the memorial in 1920, carried out the work.
Cllr Neil Foster, cabinet member for economic regeneration and culture, said: “We’re proud to play our part in ensuring that the sacrifices made by the brave soldiers of Bishop Auckland are not forgotten.”
Mr Neilson has welcomed the news and plans to attend the service.
“My own grandfather served in the Scotch Guards and his name is listed on the memorial,” he said. “It was such a great shame it became the forgotten memorial, and I am delighted it will be a part of this year’s commemorations.”
Remembrance services in the North-East and North Yorkshire:
11am, Armistice Day (Friday, November 11), High Row and Market Place, two-minute silence in remembrance of the fallen with Mayor Brian Jones. Veterans will then march through the Cornmill Centre and attend a performance by Darlington College students there.
10am, Holy Trinity Church, Woodland Road, service followed by a march to the Cenotaph at Darlington Memorial Hospital
9.30am, Holy Family RC Church, Cockerton
9.30am, St Mary’s Church, Cockerton Green
10.30am, Cockerton Methodist Church
10.30am, Bondgate Methodist Church
10.30am, St Cuthbert’s Church
10am, St Columba’s Church
10.45am, Elm Ridge Methodist Church, parade service
10.30am, Grange Road Baptist Church
10.30am, Harrogate Hill Methodist Church, Lowson Street
10am, St James the Great Church
10.45am, St Matthew’s and St Luke’s Church, Brinkburn Road
10.45am, Northgate United Reformed Church
10.30am, Pierremont Methodist Church
2.30pm, Act of Remembrance and laying of wreaths at the Commonwealth war graves at West Cemetery, Carmel Road
10am, St Andrew’s Church, Haughton, joint service with Haughton Methodist Church, service followed by parade to Cenotaph for 11am.
HEIGHINGTON: 10.30am, St Michael’s Church
HIGH CONISCLIFFE: 10.30am, St Edwin’s Church
HURWORTH: 10.30am, All Saints CE Church
MIDDLETON ST GEORGE: 10am, St George Church of England Academy, followed by parade to war memorial and old St Laurence Church at 10.50
AYCLIFFE VILLAGE: Sunday, 3pm, St Andrew’s Church, service followed by laying of wreaths at the war memorial in the church grounds.
BARNARD CASTLE: Sunday, 10.58am, service at St Mary’s Parish Church, Newgate, followed by a parade to the war memorial at the Bowes Museum for wreath-laying and Act of Remembrance at 11.50pm.
BILLY ROW: Sunday, 11am, service at the cenotaph on the green, followed by refreshments at the Green pub.
BISHOP AUCKLAND: Sunday, 10.30am, wreath-laying at the war memorial in the Market Place, followed by Remembrance service at St Anne’s Church at 11.15am.
BISHOP MIDDLEHAM: Sunday, 10am, St Michael’s Church, Eucharist followed by Act of Remembrance at the war memorial in the church yard.
BUTTERKNOWLE: Sunday, 11am, Act of Remembrance at the village war memorial.
BYERS GREEN: Sunday, 2pm, joint service for St Peter’s the Apostle Church and Byers Green Methodist Church at St Peter’s, then to the cenotaph.
CHILTON: Sunday, 10am, service at St Aidan’s Church, followed by a parade to the war memorial and another service.
COPLEY: Sunday, 11.15am, Act of Remembrance at the village war memorial.
COUNDON: Sunday, 10am, civic service of Remembrance at St James’ Church, followed by procession to the war memorial at the junction of Wharton Street and Collingwood Street for Act of Remembrance at 11am.
CROOK: Sunday, 2pm, service at St Catherine’s Church followed by wreath-laying at the war memorial
EASTGATE: Sunday, 10.30am, service at All Saints Church followed by wreath-laying at churchyard war memorial.
EGGLESTON: Sunday, 10.30am, Remembrance Service at Holy Trinity Church.
EVENWOOD: Friday, 10.40am, service at the Newhome Crescent memorial.
EVENWOOD: Sunday, 10.40am, service at the village war memorial in the cemetery.
FERRYHILL: Friday, 10.45am, two minutes silence at the cenotaph followed by refreshments in the town hall.
FERRYHILL: Sunday, 9.30am, parade from the Market Place to St Luke’s Church for a service at 10am, followed by a service and wreath-laying.
FOREST-IN-TEESDALE: Sunday, 3pm, service at St James’ Church.
FROSTERLEY: Sunday, 10.30am, service at St Michael’s Church followed by wreath-laying at village hall war memorial.
GAINFORD: Sunday, 10.45am, service with wreath-laying at the village war memorial in St Mary’s Church.
HAMSTERLEY: Sunday, 10am, service at the Churches Together Centre, followed by a procession to the war memorial.
HEATHERYCLEUGH: Sunday, 9am, service at St Thomas’ Church, followed by wreath-laying at Copt Hill war memorial.
HELMINGTON ROW: Sunday, 10.45pm, wreath-laying at war memorial.
HUNWICK: Sunday, 9.45am, service at St Paul’s Church, followed by a procession to the war memorial.
KIRK MERRINGTON: Sunday, 11am, act of remembrance in church followed by service at the war memorial.
LYNESACK: Sunday, 10.30am, service at St John’s Church.
MIDDLETON-IN-TEESDALE: Sunday, 10am, service at St Mary’s Anglican Church, followed by a procession to the cenotaph and wreath-laying at 10.40am.
NEWTON AYCLIFFE: Friday, 11am, outside Boyes and Wilkinson’s in the town centre, two minutes silence followed by short service.
NEWTON AYCLIFFE: Sunday, 10.40am, Barnard Armoury Yard, parade will assemble and proceed to St Clare’s Church for a short service and silence at 11am. Wreath-laying, followed by a service within the church, then the parade will return to Barnard Armoury Yard.
ROOKHOPE: Sunday, 3pm, service at war memorial.
SATLEY: Sunday, 10.15am, service at St Cuthbert’s Church
SEDGEFIELD: Sunday, 10am, St Edmund’s, service followed by a gathering at the war memorial at 10.50am.
SHILDON: Saturday, 11am, New Shildon war memorial, Redworth Road, Rev Andy Bryers will be officiating. Sunday, 11am, St John’s Church, service officiated by Rev David Tomlinson.
SOUTH CHURCH: Friday, 11am, wreath-laying and piper at the war memorial in St Andrews Church.
SPENNYMOOR: Friday, 10.45am, short service at the town centre bandstand followed by two minutes silence at 11am. Sunday, 10am, service for all churches, organisations and residents at Spennymoor Town Hall, followed by a march to the cenotaph for wreath-laying, The Last Post a period of silence and Reveille.
STAINDROP: Sunday, 10.45am. Remembrance Service at St Mary’s Church.
STANHOPE: Sunday, 10am, service at St Thomas’ Church followed by wreath-laying at the war memorial in the churchyard.
STANLEY CROOK: Sunday, 9am, wreath-laying at the war memorial.
ST JOHN’S CHAPEL: Sunday, 10.30am, service at St John’s Church, followed by wreath-laying at Town Hall war memorial.
THORNLEY VILLAGE: Sunday, 9.30am, Holy Communion and Remembrance Service at St Bartholomew’s Church.
TOW LAW: Sunday, 10.30am, Remembrance Service at St Philip and St James Church, followed by a procession to the war memorial at North Point.
TRIMDONS: Sunday, 7pm, Welfare Hall at Deaf Hill, wreath-laying by parish and county councillors and Deputy Lieutenant John Burton.
TUDHOE: Sunday, 11am, at the war memorial, The Green, Tudhoe Village, for Act of the Remembrance
WEST CORNFORTH: Sunday, 10.30am, service at Holy Trinity Church, followed by 11am Act of Remembrance at the war memorial.
WEARHEAD: Sunday, 10.30am, service at village hall.
WESTGATE: Sunday, 10.30am, service at St Andrew’s Church, followed by wreath-laying at village hall war memorial.
WINSTON: Sunday, 9.30am. Remembrance Service will be part of the normal Sunday service at St Andrew’s Church.
WINTERTON, SEDGEFIELD: Friday, 10.30am, St Luke’s Church, the Sedgefield Village Veterans will be having their new Standard dedicated at the same service.
WILLINGTON: Sunday, 2.45pm, wreath-laying at the war memorial in Low Willington, followed by a procession to St Stephen’s Church for a Remembrance Service.
WITTON-LE-WEAR: Sunday, 10.30am, Remembrance Service in St Philip and St James’ Church
WOLSINGHAM: Sunday, 10.30am, service at the war memorial in the market place.
WOODLAND: Sunday, 11.30am. Act of Remembrance at the village war memorial.
ANNFIELD PLAIN: Procession from Tesco to Annfield Plain Central Methodist Church for a service at 2pm, followed by laying of wreaths in Annfield Plain Park from 2.40 at the Cenotaph.
BELMONT: Sunday. Service at St Mary Magdalene Church, 10am
BLACKHILL: Service and wreath-laying at St Mary’s Church at 12.15pm
BOWBURN: Sunday. Service at the war memorial in Prince Charles Avenue. 10.45am
CASTLESIDE: Service and wreath-laying at St John the Evangelist Church at 3pm.
CHESTER-LE-STREET: Parade leaves Park View Community School on Church Chare, 10.30am. Service at the Market Place war memorial, 10.45am.
CONSETT: Service at Christ Church, 9.45am, followed by parade from Parliament Street at about 10.40am to the war memorial in Medomsley Road.
COXHOE: Friday. Concert of Remembrance at Coxhoe Village Hall. 7.30pm. Tickets £4, with £1 going to the Royal British Legion.
CRAGHEAD: Service and wreath-laying at the Cenotaph, 10.45am.
CROXDALE: Sunday, 9am, act of remembrance within the service at St Bartholomew’s Church.
DURHAM: Friday. Minute of silence from the Town Hall steps at 11am.
Saturday. Festival of Remembrance at Durham Cathedral. 7pm.
Sunday. Remembrance Parade through Durham Market Place. 11.30am.
FENCEHOUSES: Service and wreath-laying at the war memorial from 10.45am.
GREENCROFT: 11am services and wreath-laying at Loud Bank and The Avenue war memorials.
HAMSTERLEY COLLIERY: Service and wreath-laying at the war memorial, 11am, followed by service at Christ Church, Low Westwood.
GREAT LUMLEY: Remembrance service at Christ Church, 10am, followed by an Act of Remembrance at the Lychgate on Front Street at 11am.
IVESTON: Service and wreath-laying at war memorial, 3pm.
LEADGATE: Service and wreath-laying at war memorial in Durham Road, 11am.
MEADOWFIELD: Sunday. Parade leaves Royal British Legion club, 10.40am. Service at St John’s Church, Meadowfield, followed by service at Brandon Village Cenotaph
MEDOMSLEY: Mary Magdalene Church, service at 10am, wreath-laying at the war memorial, 11am, followed by gathering at Magdalene Court for all faiths.
NEW BRANCEPETH: Sunday 13. Service at war memorial. 10.55am
PELTON: Service and wreath-laying at Pelton Fell War memorial at 11am. Evening service at 6pm at Holy Trinity Church in Pelton.
PETERLEE: Parade from Peterlee Central Club in Surtees Road, 10.45am, service at the cenotaph at St Cuthbert’s Church, 11am.
QUARRINGTON HILL: Friday. Service at community centre, 10.30am with children from Cassop Primary School
SEAHAM: Meet at Tempest Road at 1.30am for march at 10.50am to cenotaph in Terrace Green for service and laying of wreaths at 11am. Wreaths will also be laid at memorial in in Seaham Park at 11am.
SHOTLEY BRIDGE: Service and wreath-laying at the War Memorial Cottages at 3pm.
SOUTH MOOR: South Moor Memorial Park service with wreath-laying, 10.45am.
STANLEY: Service at St Andrew’s Church, 10.15am, followed by service at the Cenotaph, 10.45am. Service and wreath-laying at Stanley Civic Hall at 11am.
TANFIELD: 9am service and wreath-laying at St Margaret’s Church.
USHAW COLLEGE: Saturday. Service at St Cuthbert’s Chapel. 3pm.
WEST RAINTON: Sunday. Service at St Mary’s Church, followed by the laying of wreaths at the war memorial. 10.45am
WHEATLEY HILL: Meet at 10.15am at Patton Walk for parade at 10.30am. Service at All Saints Church, 10.45am. Parade to cenotaph at cemetery about 11.40am.
ARKENGARTHDALE: Sunday, 10.45am, service and laying of wreaths.
ASKRIGG: Sunday, 10.30am, service at St Oswald’s Church led by Bishop James Bell.
AYSGARTH: Sunday, 11am, service at St Andrew’s Church.
BAINBRIDGE: Friday, 10.45am, service at Bainbridge Cemetery and two minute silence at 11am.
BEDALE: Sunday, 10.45am at war memorial followed by service at St Gregory’s Church.
BELLERBY: Sunday, 2.30pm, service at St John the Evangelist.
CATTERICK VILLAGE: Sunday, 10.15am service at St Anne’s Church followed by Remembrance at the memorials at Low Green, then Pallet Hill.
GREAT AYTON: Sunday, 10.45am at cenotaph followed by a parade and service at 11am at Christ Church.
HAWES: Sunday, 10.30am service at St Margaret’s Church before a parade to war memorial.
LEYBURN: Friday, 10.50am, Act of Remembrance in Leyburn Market Square. Sunday, 10.50am at monument in Market Square, followed by a parade accompanied by Leyburn Band to service at St Matthew’s Church.
NORTHALLERTON: Sunday, 10am, service at All Saints Church, before fly-past and parade through the High Street at 11am.
MASHAM: Friday, 10.50am, St Mary’s Churchyard war memorial. Sunday, 10.30am at St Mary’s Churchyard war memorial for laying of wreaths, followed by service at 10.45am.
REETH: Friday, 10.50am, short service at war memorial. Sunday, 2pm, Swaledale parade will leave Reeth for service at St Andrew’s, Grinton, at 2.30pm.
RICHMOND: Friday, 11am, laying of crosses at Friary Gardens. Sunday at 9.30am from Town Hall, parade to St Mary’s Church for service, followed by wreath-laying at 11am at Friary Gardens.
SEAMER: Sunday, 10.30am, service at Village Hall.
SOWERBY: Sunday, 10.45am service at St Oswald’s Church, followed by 11am Last Post and wreath laying. 11.15am to 11.45am parade from Sowerby through Thirsk.
STOKESLEY: Friday, 11am, informal service at West Green war memorial. Sunday, 10am, service at St Peter and St Paul, and a parade to West Green war memorial at 11am.
SWAINBY: Sunday, 10.45am, service at Holy Cross Church.
THIRSK: Sunday, noon, St Mary’s Church for laying of wreaths.
LOW ROW & MUKER: Sunday, 10.50am, service at Holy Trinity.
WEST TANFIELD: Sunday, 10.45am, service at St Nicholas Church.
WHITBY: Friday, 11am at Dock End. Saturday, 11am at Mission to Seafarers. Sunday, 2.30pm service at St Mary’s Church.
STOCKTON: 10am, Stockton Parish Church, parade to Cenotaph, 10.30am for laying of wreaths from 10.50am.
THORNABY: 10.15am, parade, Aerodrome car park, Queen’s Avenue, to Cenotaph, Acklam Road at 10.45am.
YARM: 9.30am, service at Yarm Parish Church, West Street, followed by procession along Bridge Street and High Street for short service and wreath laying at the War Memorial at 10.50am.
BILLINGHAM: 10.15am assemble at Salutation Pub for march at 10.30am followed by service at Cenotaph on Station Road, 10.55am.
EAGLESCLIFFE: 10am, St John the Baptist Parish Church, Butts Lane, followed by wreath laying at the Cenotaph outside the church at 10.55am.
PORT CLARENCE: 2.30, service at the Cenotaph
PRESTON-ON-TEES: 9.45am, service at All Saints Church, Dunottar Avenue, followed by parade to Cenotaph, Victoria Road to lay wreaths at 11am.
WOLVISTON: 10.15am, St Peter’s Church, West Hartlepool Road, with procession to war memorial for wreath laying at 10.45am.
KIRKLEVINGTON: 10.30am, St Martin and St Hilary, followed by Act of Remembrance at the Richardson Grave.
STILLINGTON: 12 noon, service at the Cenotaph on Messines Lane.
INGLEBY BARWICK: 10am, St Francis of Assisi, Barwick Way, followed by procession to war memorial, next to the entrance of Romano Park, for service and wreath laying at 11am.
BOOSBECK: 2.30pm, War Memorial, Boosbeck Cemetery, followed by 3pm service, St Aidan’s Parish Church.
BROTTON: 9.45am, St Margaret’s Church, followed by Act of Remembrance at war memorial, 10.50am.
CARLIN HOW: 11.45am, service of remembrance and wreath laying, war memorial.
DORMANSTOWN: 10.45am, war memorial, wreath laying. Parade of Standards and social evening will also take place at 7pm at Ennis Square Social Club.
EASINGTON: 9am, All Saints Church, wreath laying at war memorial 9.45am.
ESTON: 10.20am, parade from Eston and California Youth Centre to war memorial, Eston Square, for 10.45 wreath laying.
GRANGETOWN: 9.30am, St Hilda’s Church, followed by wreath laying at war memorial, 11am.
GUISBOROUGH: 10.30am, parade from Challoner Street, to war memorial for wreath laying, followed by service in St Nicholas Church.
HARTLEPOOL: Saturday, 10.50, parade followed by a service at the war graves in Stranton cemetery
Saturday, 11am, service at the war memorial in North Cemetery.
Sunday, 11am, Victory Square, Remembrance Sunday service and wreath laying.
11am, Headland war memorial, Redheugh Gardens, Remembrance Sunday service and wreath laying.
LAZENBY: 11am, St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Wilton, followed by wreath laying at the war memorial
LINGDALE: 1.45pm, act of remembrance, war memorial
LOFTUS: 9am, St Leonard’s parish church. Parade from Loftus Town Hall at 10.50am to the war memorial for wreath laying.
MARSKE: 10.30am, parade from Meadow Road for service at St Mark’s Church at 10.45am, followed by wreath laying at the war memorial.
MIDDLESBROUGH: 10.40am, today (THURSDAY), High Sheriff of North Yorkshire lays the first poppy on the Cenotaph, Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough.
10.45am tomorrow, Armistice Day service, Cenotaph
10.30am Sunday, Remembrance Sunday parade and service, Cenotaph
MOORSHOLM: 8.55am, act of remembrance at the war memorial.
NEW MARSKE: 3pm, St Thomas Church, followed by wreath laying ceremony.
NORMANBY: 10.45am, Saturday, wreath laying at the war memorial, Smith’s Dock Park.
NORTH SKELTON: 1pm, wreath laying, war memorial.
NUNTHORPE: 11am (meet at 10.45am), Nunthorpe War Memorial
ORMESBY: 9.30am, St Cuthbert’s Church, followed by wreath laying at the war memorial in the churchyard at 10.45am. 5pm, Remembrance Service which includes the “fall of poppies”
SALTBURN: 9.30am, Emmanuel Church, followed by parade to war memorial for wreath laying.
SKELTON: 10am, All Saints Parish Church, followed by parade to war memorial for wreath laying at 10.50am.
SKINNINGROVE: 12.15pm, service of remembrance and wreath laying at the war memorial. 6pm, Skinningrove Methodist Church, service of remembrance.
SOUTH BANK: 9.30am, St John’s Parish Church, followed by wreath laying at the war memorial, King George’s Square at 10.45am.
TEESVILLE: 10am, Saturday, service and wreath laying in Eston Cemetery, next to the war graves.
Tyne & Wear (selected)
BIRTLEY: Leave Birtley Community Centre at 10.35am for Birtley Cenotaph for 10.45am service and a wreath laying ceremony.
CHOPWELL: Cenotaph. Service and wreath-laying ceremony at 11am.
GATESHEAD: Cenotaph, Prince Consort Road. Service will start at 10.45am followed by a wreath laying ceremony and a march past.
HEBBURN: Parade assembles at Hebburn Central at 10am before marching to St John’s Church for a service at 10.15am. Parade reforms and marches to Carr Ellison Park for a short service at the War Memorial.
HOUGHTON-LE-SPRING: Parade assembles at 9.30am from A182 alongside new Lidl store, led by Houghton Brass Band to St Michael and All Angels’ Parish Church, ahead of 10.15am Remembrance Service, conducted by the Reverend Canon Sue Pinnington, which concludes with the laying of wreaths and two minutes silence, outside, at cenotaph, at 11am. Houghton and Sunderland south MP Bridget Phillipson will be in attendance along with Deputy Lord Lieutenant Dr Norman Taylor, who will take the salute before the return march.
JARROW: Parade assembles outside of Jarrow Town Hall at 10.40am, before marching to the War Memorial in Station Street for a service at 10.50am.
METROCENTRE: Meet at Town Square (opposite House of Fraser) at 2.45pm for service and wreath laying ceremony at 3pm.
NEWCASTLE: Military parade from Civic Centre to Old Eldon Square at 10:45am, for memorial service and wreath-laying at war memorial, followed by parade to Grey’s Monument where salute will be taken during march past.
ROWLANDS GILL: St Barnabas for service at 10.30am followed by Service of Remembrance at War Memorial at noon.
SOUTH SHIELDS: Parade will assemble on Beach Road at South Shields Town Hall at 10.30am before marching along Westoe Road to Westoe Cenotaph for service at 10:55am.
SUNDERLAND: Crowds assemble by Burdon Road war memorial from 10.15am. Parade will be led by The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals and Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band and will include The 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, 21 Engineer Regiment, The Light Dragoons, 5 Armoured Medical Regiment, RAF Boulmer and 3 Rifles. Field guns will be fired from Mowbray Park to signal the start of the two minute silence at 11 am. Veterans George Waller and Len Gibson will recite poems and prayers before the wreath-laying ceremony.
WINLATON: St Paul’s Church at 9.30am for service followed by wreath laying ceremony at 10.45am at War Memorial.