Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gateshead Park Opens Field of Remembrance

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gateshead Park Opens Field of Remembrance

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Byline: Craig Thompson Chief Reporter craig.thompson

ATWO-MINUTE silence will be observed as those who fought and died for their country as a special Field of Remembrance is opened.

Saltwell Park in Gateshead is again hosting the North of England's only Remembrance Field in honour of the servicemen and women who have fought and died for their country.

The park has again become the backdrop to a moving sea of thousands of wooden crosses inscribed with personal messages from members of the public to commemorate lives lost in service to the country in conflicts ranging from the great World Wars to recent conflicts in the Middle East.

Crosses were planted yesterday by volunteers including members of the Armed Forces, The Royal British Legion, local cadet forces and members of the public.

A ceremony to formally dedicate the Field of Remembrance take place at 10.30am on Saturday with a dedication service conducted by military chaplain Rev James Breslin, Chaplain to the Royal British Legion, Northumbria.

A two-minute silence will then be observed at 11am after which military chiefs from across the region representing the Royal Air Force, Army and the Royal Navy will dedicate a remembrance cross in the field.

The dedication service will be preceded at 9.35am by the official opening of the adjacent Garden of Reflection by the Mayor of Gateshead.

The garden, which has been created by Gateshead Council in partnership with Thrive and planted out largely by ex-service personnel, contains a memorial wall to mem-bers of the armed forces from Gateshead who have fallen in recent con-flicts, and this will be formally unveiled by the Mayor.

The Field of Remembrance was brought to the region in 2012 as part of a campaign by Anne Turner to pay tribute to fallen service men and women from the north. Anne's son Rifleman Mark Turner from 3rd Battalion The Rifles was 21 years old when he was killed on patrol in Helmand province, Afghanistan in 2010. …

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