Schoolchildren shook hands across their town’s Line of Reconciliation as they paid their Remembrance respects.
Seaham’s five primary schools gathered on the Terrace Green between its war memorial and the World War I-inspired Tommy statue for a ceremony ahead of tomorrow’s commemorations.
Mayor Bruce Burn helped lead the event, which was organised as part of Seaham Town Council’s programme of Remembrance events, which have included raising and lowering a flag each day and Seaham Coast Run, which closed with runners adding to the display of crosses as their course came to a close.
Karen Field, headteacher of Seaview Primary in Deneside, was among the teachers to accompany a group of pupils to the seafront spot.
She said: “It was a coming together of the community in the lead up to Remembrance Day.
“It was good to see all the Seaham primary schools meet, because it doesn’t happen very often.
It was a very moving ceremony.Karen Field, headteacher of Seaview Primary
“The children shook hands across the line and over the crosses and it was very touching, with bagpipes playing in the background and we were next to the Tommy statue. It was a very moving ceremony.”
Seaham School of Technology students followed up the primary school event with another visit, where they staged war-themed performances and laid poppies.
Crosses have been placed along the lines on the green in the run up to this weekend, with cafes and other businesses in the town selling the displays as part of the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.
Tomorrow’s memorial event in the town centre will begin at 10.30am, when marchers will gather on Tempest Road near to Rock House.
The Royal British Legion-led group will set off for the Terrace Green at 10.50am for the 11am ceremony, where readings will be given, standards lowered and wreaths laid.
It will see members of the town’s clergy, police, members of the fire service and the pilot from Seaham Dock Company join Seaham’s sea, air and army cadet groups.
Another ceremony will be held in Seaham Town Park, where a group will leave Christ Church following that morning’s service and gather under its cenotaph for a laying of wreaths at 11am.
Last night’s firework display was set off to Second World War music as part of the festival.