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Over last weekend, I attended some moving Remembrance Day services across the Blaydon constituency, to remember those killed and wounded in conflict, as we marked 100 years since Armistice Day. On Friday morning, pupils from Crookhill school joined residents and local councillors and myself at a service where we remembered those from the Crookhill area who gave their life. In the afternoon, I joined pupils from Dunston Hill Primary School, St. Philip Neri RC Primary School and Kingsmeadow School in a service at the War Memorial in Dunston. Later that day, I attended the Community Remembrance Service at Lucy Street Methodist Church, Blaydon – where we saw a particularly poignant Tommy silhouette.

On Sunday, I joined residents of Whickham and was proud to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph. And later that afternoon, I took part in the Remembrance Service at the Metrocentre. Many other Churches and Communities across the constituency held their own services – from Chopwell to St Paul’s Church, Winlaton, and Birtley.

Thank you to all of you who took part in remembering all those who gave their lives in war and conflict.