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Garden of Remembrance returns to Saltwell Park

Posted on Thursday 2 November 2017
2017 Field Of Remembrance

Hundreds of service men and women from the North who lost their lives fighting for their country are to be remembered with a moving display of crosses in a Tyneside park.

A Field of Remembrance will again be planted in Gateshead’s Saltwell Park featuring thousands of wooden crosses and other commemorative markers each featuring the name of fallen service men and women.

Many crosses have already been planted by volunteers including members of the Armed Forces and their families, the Royal British Legion, local volunteers and cadet forces, transforming the field adjacent to Saltwell Towers into a large scale tribute to their bravery and sacrifice.

A dedication ceremony will take place this Saturday (November 4 2017) at 10.45am with a minute’s silence being observed at 11am. Members of the public are encouraged to attend to pay their respects.  

Marcus Hawthorn, Area Manager for The Royal British Legion in the North East, said:

“We are delighted to work with Gateshead Council to host the Field of Remembrance again this year. The service is an opportunity for the public to pay their respects and also reflect on the sacrifices made by so many men and women who gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy today.

“In this poignant year which marks the centenary of the First World War, we hope more people across the North East will visit our Field and pay tribute to those we must never forget.”

This is the Sixth year that Gateshead’s Saltwell Park has had the honour of hosting the Field of Remembrance, the only event of its kind in the whole of Northern England.

Mayor of Gateshead, Cllr Pauline Dillon, said: “Our region’s strong relationship with the armed forces stretches back generations. It is a huge privilege for Gateshead to host the Field of Remembrance and honour the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

“This is always a hugely emotional occasion. Being a part of this tribute means so much to so many people, particularly those who have lost loved ones.”

The field of remembrance will also be open to the public from dawn to dusk from October 27 to November 17.