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Gallery 2 > Event Coverage > Remembrance Day, 2018 - Seaham Harbour, County Durham, UK
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The Seaham Field Of Remembrance Dedication Ceremony took place on Sunday 4th November 2018, at the cenotaph on Terrace Green, Seaham Harbour.
Before the ceremony took place, at 11am, another poppy tribute was placed next to Mission 1101 - the Tommy statue, which is the brainchild of local artist, Ray Lonsdale. The previous two years had also seen similar poppy tributes placed next to Tommy, in the shape of a poppy, which was crafted with rocks and pebbles that were gathered from our local coastline, then painted red and black in the colours of the iconic poppy. Spearheaded by two ex-serviceman from the area, David McKenna and Phillip Ridley, they also enlisted the help of Beverley Jobey, who created the sparkling poppies that adorn the Tommy statue. The poppies were meticulously hand crafted by Beverley, then placed on Tommy's face to form 'Tears Of Victory' ... as they flowed down the statue and into the magnificent poppy itself.
Local organisations, including many cadets and ex-servicemen, attended the ceremony, which was also well attended by the residents of Seaham and beyond. The Lord Leiutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon and Mr Eric Ingram RBL, conducted a speech and official dedication, There were Hymns and prayers, the last post and also the Piper's Lament, by the Houghton le Spring Pipe Band.
As the day turned into night, I stood on Terrace Green and reflected on the days events. In stark contrast to what had went before, the place was desolate. As midnight passed, I began to capture a few shots of Tommy, in all his splendour. An amazing sight, especially close up, in the small hours of the morning.
I was fortunate to have one of my shots reproduced as a poster print on the front page of the Sunderland Echo (see image 36 above). Lest we forget...