Remembering Seaham's fallen heroes

Remembering the fallen at the Tommy statue
Remembering the fallen at the Tommy statue
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Seaham men who lost their lives in one of Britain's bloodiest battles will be remembered at a moving ceremony.

School children, relatives and veterans will read out the names of the 62 Seaham boys who lost their lives on July 1 1916 on the first day of The Somme at an anniversary event, which takes place at 10.45am on Friday at the Terrace Green in the shadow of Tommy.

There will be a speech by Vicar Paul Harrison, reading of letters from the front line by school children, music, laying of wreaths, minute's silence, as well as a performance of The Last Post.

As part of the ceremony, Seaham Town Council will be handing over the ashes of the burnt poppy crosses from last year's Seaham's Poppy Appeal Event - The Line of Reconciliation -which saw dozens of wooden crosses, bearing messages, planted in the ground.

The ashes will be take to Somme Anniversary events in France and scattered on the graves of the Seaham soldiers.