Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Young and Old Gather to Pay Respects to Fallen

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Young and Old Gather to Pay Respects to Fallen

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THOUSANDS stood shoulder to shoulder in a respectful silence as Remembrance Day services took place across Teesside.

The services paid tribute not only to those who died in two world wars, but also those who lost their lives in more recent conflicts.

In Stockton it was a crisp morning as the parade assembled in Yarm Lane before moving up the High Street for a service at the cenotaph beside the parish church. Veterans from The Parachute Regiment Association, of Norton, marched alongside youngsters from Stockton Sea Cadets and Air Training Corps and Cleveland Army Cadets to the cenotaph.

Among the veterans was Dave Dyson, 60, Para regiment treasurer, who served in Northern Ireland in 1974 and 1976. Retiring as a Warrant Officer Class 2, Dave experienced tragedy first hand when two friends were killed by hidden bombs in South Armagh.

One friend, nicknamed Geordie Snowdon because he was from Newcastle, was just 18.

Dave said his late grandfather, who died aged 90, survived the First World War having served in the Royal Scots Regiment, and he carried his campaign medals with him.

He said: "Today is a day to remember your fallen comrades and to pay respect for all those from past generations to present."

Jack Arthur, 81, said he was a corporal and served in the Royal Military Police. He served in the Suez War and Korean War in the 1950s. He said he never missed a Remembrance Service and described the forces as a "brotherhood".

President of the association, Colin Powell, 88, who was also secretary for 40 years, attended the service with his daughter Lynn Commons, 59.

Stockton Mayor Paul Baker, Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham and Stockton South MP James Wharton were also present, alongside civic dignitaries.

Wreaths were laid while the Salvation Army brass band played, before a church service began.

The only sound to be heard during a silence was that of young children who had no idea of the sacrifices made to ensure their freedom. …

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