A poignant and moving WW1 ceremony
Amble’s part in the recent World War One commemorations was a poignant and moving event, which combined pomp and ceremony while preserving the solemnity and humanity of the occasion.
Hundreds of people turned out to honour the lives and ultimate sacrifice of local people who took part in WW1.
Beneath a canopy of rain-drenched trees in the West Cemetery, a quiet service of remembrance took place, during which families laid poppy tributes on the nine Commonwealth war graves.
Then, led by the band of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, the procession made its way down Queen Street to the Town Square.
Named crosses were then placed in the memorial gardens accompanied by music from the military band and from Northumbrian piper Beverley Palin.
The memorial event was organised by Amble Town Council and was well received by members of the public. Commemorative mugs were given to all those who took part.
“May I congratulate everyone involved in the planning and execution of the events for Amble and District to commemorate the start of WW1 over the weekend. This is an outstanding example of community commitment covering all age groups and involving everyone. In every way, the Parade, the services, the Hall’s exhibition on ‘In Memory of the Fallen’ reflects the very best of volunteer effort of the whole community. Well done,” said one participant.
Many of the memories that have been shared and the research that has been undertaken will be available in a book from Amble Town Council in September.
A short film made by local young people: “Zeppelin Over Coquet Island” can be seen here. The 3 min film recounts the night during WW1 when a German airship flew over Coquet Island, terrifying the lighthouse keeper and his teenage daughter.