For as long as I can remember I have stood in rain, hail and wind to pay my respects to the veterans on Remembrance Sunday. However this year at the cenotaph at Seaham was a disgrace.
I stood there with around 200 other people, young and old, to pay our respects to find out it had been moved without prior warning.
I find it hard to believe that the councillors could not stand a little bit of rain for 20 minutes to remember the fallen. I think it is an absolute disgrace that it was moved to another venue without letting the public know.
However hats off to Ken Routledge for standing at the front of a crowd and performing the service by his own will. Well done to everyone that gathered at the cenotaph where it was supposed to be held and showed their support.