Abbey service to mark World War I anniversary

Members of the public are invited to attend a special service at Hexham Abbey which will  mark the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I

The service, hosted by the Duchess of Northumberland in her role as Lord Lieutenant for Northumberland, The Queen’s official representative for the county,  will take place on Sunday 11 November at 3pm.

It will be attended by representatives of  serving and former service personnel and representatives of the many organisations in the county including Northumberland County Council.

The service will feature contributions from the Abbey Choir, The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers Band and members of the Northumberland Theatre Company.

During the Service, the Duchess  will lay a wreath, on behalf of the Queen, to commemorate those who died in WWI.
The Duchess of Northumberland said:

“The First World War claimed the lives of 16 million people, involved over 100 countries and had an impact on the lives of every town and village in our country. In our own county, the Northumberland Fusiliers lost over 16,000 men during the course of the War.

“ I hope the service at Hexham Abbey will provide an opportunity to reflect on the great sacrifices made by so many in the War to help shape the
world in which we now live.”

The service is likely to be well attended therefore anyone wishing to attend should arrive at Hexham Abbey by 2.45pm at the latest.
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