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Students and staff at The Academy at Shotton Hall remembered the fallen on Armistice Day, with a two minute silence. Students from the local marine, air and army cadets wore their uniforms to mark the day, and stood in formation as Year 9 student Sophie Reed played The Last Post on her cornet to the entire school. Young cadets also took part in remembrance parades across the county over the weekend, with one student even going as far afield as London to help set up the ceremony near Buckingham Palace.

The GT Group Band Peterlee is holding a Christmas concert at Holy Trinity Church, Wingate, on Wednesday, December 9.

Mary Cartwright, the Mayor of Peterlee, has joined Peterlee Active Exercise Scheme (Paces), to improve her health and fitness. She wants to encourage Peterlee residents who are not active to consider their health and start doing a little bit of exercise each day. Paces is open to both males and females, and classes are held at The Pavilion in Helford Road and Eden Lane Community Facilities in Eden Hill. Classes are held with Sharon Pounder, Peterlee Town Council’s Sports Development Officer, who delivers Paces and a team of fitness instructors. For further details contact a member of the team on 0191 5869957 or email

James Faulks, 20, from Ingleby Barwick, who studies at East Durham College as part of his Apprenticeship with Peterlee-based engineering company AKS Ball has been shortlisted for an Outstanding Apprentice of the Year award at the EEF (formerly the Engineering Employers’ Federation) Future Manufacturing Awards 2015.  James will travel to the Pavilions of Harrogate at the Great Yorkshire Showgrounds later this week to find out if he has won the award for the North East, Yorkshire and Humberside area on November 19. This area is the largest covered by the regional awards in the country and if James is successful he will then be put forward for the national outstanding apprenticeship award against five other regional winners, which would see him travel to London for the finals.

Enjoy Christmas at Castle Eden Dene National Nature Reserve on Sunday from 10am to 4pm. Entry is free and see Santa Claus in his workshop, enjoy home baking and hot drinks and craft activities for children.

East Durham College Sixth Form students have been treated to a workshop by an award-winning poet, as she toured the North East. TS Elliot, Sinead Morrissey, visited English A-Level students talking to ED6 students about her career. Sinead, who is this year’s Durham Book Festival Laureate, talked about her collection of work, as one of her poems features as part of their course this year. She also talked to students about the creative and editing process along with the inspiration behind how she wrote some of her poems. The event also gave the students the opportunity to work with representatives of New Writing North and Durham University, who gave them and insight into what it is like to study English Literature and Creative Writing at university.