Intu Metrocentre to hold WW1 Memorial Service …

A PUBLIC memorial service, honouring those who fought and died in a century of armed conflict, is to be held at the North East’s largest shopping centre.

On Monday 4 August, exactly 100 years since the outbreak of WW1, shoppers at intu Metrocentre will join the centre’s staff and Chaplain, Lyn Jamieson, in a service featuring the Rt Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham.

The WW1 Commemorative Drumhead Service will begin at 2pm at Exhibition Square and will pay tribute to those who fought not only in the Great War but in subsequent military action.

“The North East has a long and proud association with the armed services,” said intu Metrocentre marketing manager Helen Atkinson, “and there can be very few families here who have not been affected either by the two World Wars or more recent conflicts such as the Gulf War and Afghanistan.

“We very much hope as many people as possible will join us in remembering those who have fought and, in all too many cases, died, so we can live in peace and freedom.”

Following the service, army veteran Ian Proud, Poppy Appeal Organiser for Gateshead will start a 100 mile Honour Run through intu Metrocentre on behalf of The Royal British Legion, The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity, The Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, SSAFA and the ABF Soldiers Charity.

This will mark the end of a weekend of remembrance at intu Metrocentre, which will include an exhibition of WW1 artefacts, such as bagpipes and a bugle played on the battlefield during the Battle of the Somme.

On 2 and 3 August visitors will also have the chance to see a range of displays activities and entertainments featuring military vehicles and contributions from the Royal Navy, RAF and Army.

There will also be a poignant display of more than 1000 poppies, hand crafted by schoolchildren from across the North East and shoppers will be able to purchase poppy crosses, to lay at the Garden of Remembrance in The Village area of the centre.

These will then be transferred to the official Garden of Remembrance, at Saltwell Park, Gateshead, in the run up to Remembrance Day.

For further information about events over the WWI commemorative weekend, visit www.intu.co.uk/metrocentre

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