Spennymoor remembers

Spennymoor's official Remembrance service.
Left to right: Bill Foster, Sgt Bell, Town Mayor Cllr Liz Maddison, Rev Matt Tarling, Maura Regan Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Cllr Clive Maddison, Father Michael Thompson, Major Blaney, Dehenna Davison MP.

Spennymoor’s official Remembrance service took place on Sunday in socially distanced circumstances.

Town Mayor, Cllr Liz Maddison said: “It was a great honour to represent the Town on Remembrance Sunday and lay a wreath on behalf of those who could not attend. 

“Last year we had over 1,000 people attend the service in the Town Hall, the Parade and Service at the War Memorial.”

“The Town Council appreciates that a lot of people will have been disappointed that they could not attend. However, due to Covid restrictions and the need to ensure the health and wellbeing of those attending, only a handful of people were invited this year. 

“There was no road closure and whilst the council looked at inviting veterans, it was extremely difficult to decide who was invited and who wasn’t in the limited space available.

“Veteran, Bill Foster, who has been involved in the organisation of the Parade and Drumhead Service for many years along with Major Paul Blaney and Sgt David Bell, therefore provided representation. 

“Every effort was made to honour and respect those who have served, especially those who gave their lives.

“I would like to thank Sgt David Bell of The Rifles, who stepped in at the last moment to read out those who had submitted wreaths and crosses prior to the ceremony, and also Michael MacDonald from the Town Band who played the bugle.

“I and the Town Council sincerely hope that things will be back to normal soon and that we can welcome everyone back to a full Remembrance Sunday 2021.”

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