This weekend marks Remembrance Sunday and despite the new COVID-19 restrictions placing limitations on the usual mass ceremonies, local respresentatives across Redcar and Cleveland have continued to pay their respects to our fallen heroes.
Jacob Young, MP for Redcar, laid a wreath on behalf of the residents from every postcode in his constituency and was able to attend two official ceremonies over the weekend. The Saturday Remembrance service for the workers of Smiths Dock took place in Normanby and was arranged by Councillor Chris Gallacher and the Smiths Dock Memorial Trust, in remembrance of the Smiths Dock industrial workers, who downed their tools and picked up weapons to fight for our Country in the First and Second World Wars.
On Sunday 8th, Jacob joined the community at St. Mark's Church in Marske for the usual reading of the names of the fallen, and the playing of the Last Stand. There, he laid a wreath for his constituents in the TS11 district and streamed the ceremony live on his Facebook page so that those unable to attend could still join the service.
The MP laid further wreaths at the Redcar Cenotaph, St. Cuthbert's Ormesby War Memorial, Eston Square War Memorial and St. Thomas' Church in New Marske. At the end of the Sunday, Jacob commented: "Today has been an incredibly moving day, and even in the current restrictions to see people so determined to pay their respects to our fallen heroes brings a tear to my eye."
Mr. Young would like to remind people to visit their local War Memorial and read the names of those who gave their lives so that we could have ours. He also urges people who have been unable to buy a poppy this year to still donate to the Royal British Legion, or to visit their website and purchase a poppy online. There is an article on his website named 'Poppy Appeal 2020' with more information about how you can purchase a poppy if you're staying at home this year.
“At the going down of the sun - and in the morning - we will remember them.”