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Gateshead commemorates Remembrance Sunday at home

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Gateshead's video of a service of remembrance was viewed more than 700 times between Remembrance Sunday and the official Day of Remembrance on November 11.

Recent increases in infection levels for Covid-19 meant that Gateshead Council and the Royal British Legion were unable to hold remembrance events in Gateshead this year. 

National advice to avoid congregating with groups of people meant that the usual wreath laying and remembrance services at Gateshead Cenotaphs and at churches and war memorials across Gateshead could not safely take place. 

Instead, Gateshead Council will still remember filmed a special video of a full Remembrance Day Service so that local people could participate in the national act of remembrance from the safety of their own homes. 

The service was led by Rev Margaret Mackay, priest in charge of the Parish of Gateshead, and included messages and readings from the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, armed forces veterans, the Mayor of Gateshead, and members of the Gateshead Young People's Assembly. 

Gateshead Council's official bugler Derek Corbett was filmed playing the Last Post overlooking the site of previous years' Field of Remembrance in Saltwell Park. 

The 23 minute video was carefully filmed at St Edmunds Chapel in Gateshead High Street, and at Gateshead Civic Centre, the Gateshead Cenotaph and at Saltwell Park. Strict social distancing rules were observed throughout the filming. 

As part of Gateshead's Remembrance Day commemorations, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge was also be illuminated in red on both Sunday 8 November and Wednesday 11 November.  

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08 November 2020

Gateshead's video of a service of remembrance was viewed more than 700 times between Remembrance Sunday and the official Day of Remembrance on November 11.

Recent increases in infection levels for Covid-19 meant that Gateshead Council and the Royal British Legion were unable to hold remembrance events in Gateshead this year. 

National advice to avoid congregating with groups of people meant that the usual wreath laying and remembrance services at Gateshead Cenotaphs and at churches and war memorials across Gateshead could not safely take place. 

Instead, Gateshead Council will still remember filmed a special video of a full Remembrance Day Service so that local people could participate in the national act of remembrance from the safety of their own homes. 

The service was led by Rev Margaret Mackay, priest in charge of the Parish of Gateshead, and included messages and readings from the Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, armed forces veterans, the Mayor of Gateshead, and members of the Gateshead Young People's Assembly. 

Gateshead Council's official bugler Derek Corbett was filmed playing the Last Post overlooking the site of previous years' Field of Remembrance in Saltwell Park. 

The 23 minute video was carefully filmed at St Edmunds Chapel in Gateshead High Street, and at Gateshead Civic Centre, the Gateshead Cenotaph and at Saltwell Park. Strict social distancing rules were observed throughout the filming. 

As part of Gateshead's Remembrance Day commemorations, the Gateshead Millennium Bridge was also be illuminated in red on both Sunday 8 November and Wednesday 11 November.  

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