Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Teessiders Stand United in Remembrance

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Teessiders Stand United in Remembrance

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SERVICES were held across Teesside in memory of those who had given their lives in the two world wars and in more recent conflicts.

The cold did not deter Teessiders of all ages attending the local war memorials for Remembrance Sunday parades and services.

In Middlesbrough crowds gathered at the cenotaph at Albert Road and lined Linthorpe opposite to catch a glimpse of the parade as it made its way from the Royal British Legion Club on Park Road North.

The service was conducted by Reverend Glyn Holland, chaplain to the Royal British Legion Middlesbrough Branch.

He spoke of how it was important to remember the horrors of war and not to romanticise it.

Among the many who laid wreaths were John Foster, the deputy lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Middlesbrough Mayor Ray Mallon, Sir Stuart Bell MP for Middlesbrough, Bishop of Middlesbrough Terence Drainey, and the Bishop of Whitby Martin Warner.

Jean Angus, 54, from Linthorpe, was among those who attended the service.

She said: "It's the first time I've ever been because my twin sister June Parry, who I'm meeting here, was in Iraq as a nurse."

In Stockton the parade assembled in Yarm Lane and moved off for the service at the Parish Church. Following the service the parade re-formed and marched down the High Street where Councillor Colin Leckonby, the Mayor of Stockton, took the salute.

Among the people laying wreaths at Yarm's War Memorial was Javed Majid, owner of Tall Trees.

Mr Majid, a Muslim, told the Evening Gazette of his anger at the Islamic extremists who burned poppies on Armistice Day.

In the Second World War his father Abdul Majid served in the Burma Campaign, his uncle Air Marshall Rahim Kahn, was in the Royal Indian Air Force and flew a Hurricane dropping bombs over Japan and was once shot down. He eventually became the chief of the Pakistan Air Force. And Mr Majid's father-in-law Jeffrey Firth was a rear gunner for a Lancaster Bomber. He too was shot down.

Mr Majid said: "We love our country and if they live in this country they should show some respect for the country and the Queen. …

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