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Service for 'thankful' villages in the North East

Special service for 'thankful' villages in the North East.
Special service for 'thankful' villages in the North East. Credit: Keith Blundy

A special service was held at the Angel of the North to remember villages in the North East where all the men who fought in WWI returned safely.

Two bikers from Wales are travelling the country, visiting all 51 so-called 'thankful villages'.

gie Bancroft, centre, at the service at the Angel of the North.
Dougie Bancroft, centre, at the service at the Angel of the North. Credit: Keith Blundy

After the service this morning, they travelled to Meldon in Northumberland where they presented a plaque recognising the sacrifices made by the men from the village almost 100 years ago.

Bikers Medwyn Parry and Dougie Bancroft with Rev David Glover and members of the British Legion.
Bikers Medwyn Parry and Dougie Bancroft with Rev David Glover and members of the British Legion. Credit: Keith Blundy

The 9-day trip across the country is also raising money for the Royal British Legion.

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Angel of the North exhibition opens to celebrate anniversary

An exhibition has opened celebrating the 15th anniversary of The Angel of The North.

The iconic Gateshead statue, designed by Anthony Gormley, was completed in February 1998.

Artwork, photographs and writing inspired by the angel - and completed by local people - have gone on display at St Mary's Heritage Centre to mark the occasion.

The exhibition ends on Sunday - watch a preview below.

The Angel of the North: Your pictures

The Helen McArdle Care group did a charity walk past the Angel Credit: Helen McArdle Care
People gather around the feet of the Angel of the North Credit: Emma Whitfield
The Angel of the North looms over a man beside it Credit: @x_MissGLC_x
The Angel of the North in sunnier weather Credit: Helen Holmes
Anthony Gormley's Angel of the North Credit: Carolyn Farthing-Dunn

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