ONWARDS: The parade leaves the church
ONWARDS: The parade leaves the church

HUNDREDS of people turned out to pay their respects to the fallen in Barnard Castle on Sunday.

The ceremony, at The Bowes Museum, followed a parade from St Mary’s parish church, where the usual service had been led by Revd Canon Alec Harding.

Wreaths were laid at the cenotaph by individuals and community representatives,.

Those present sang Abide with Me and Andrew Nicholson played the last post.

Among those paying tribute was little Tommy Dominick, 3, the great, great grandson of Wilfred Smith, whose five brothers were killed in the Great War – the greatest sacrifice any British family made in the conflict. In a touching tribute, the boy, from Spennymoor, saluted the cenotaph after laying a wreath.

Dianne Nelson, the daughter of the sole surviving and sixth Smith brother, Wilfred, also laid a wreath, as did Lucas Rogers, 9, who wore the medals earned by his great, grandfather, Arthur Rogers from Middleton Tyas who fought across Europe against the Nazis. 

Lucas is the son of Barnard Castle policeman Sgt Simon Rogers who said: “He went to the ceremony last year and asked if he could lay the wreath with me this year. He wanted to wear his great grandfather’s medals.”

The event featured a guest visit from Colonel Nigel Rhodes, from Catterick Garrison.