Cross returns to community

A community came together to remember those who had sacrificed their lives for their country.

The cross which stood above Killingworth town centre before its redevelopment has been re-erected as a community memorial to all from the parish who have died in the service of their country.

On Sunday, more than 200 people attended a ceremony to see the Archdeacon of Northumberland, the Venerable Geoff Millar, rededicate the cross, with the Backworth Brass Band playing Gresford.

Wreaths were laid by Mayor Norma Redfearn, Mary Glindon, MP, Major Bill Campbell and local children.

The ceremony closed with the launch of the Killingworth WW1 Commemoration Project and an exhibition of Local War Memorials for the Great War.

The project has researched over 200 of the 260 men named on the memorials.

Project coordinator John Hamilton said: “We promise that we will remember them, the project will aim to help make that memory both full and meaningful.”