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WW1 poppy display to visit Northumberland

The 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' installation at the Tower of London in 2014. Credit: PA

More than 3,000 poppies from the Tower of London sculpture, which was installed to mark the centenary of World War One last year, will go on display in Northumberland.

The Woodhorn Museum in Ashington will be the first venue outside London to display the 'Weeping Window' section of the 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' sculpture as part of the UK tour of the installation.

"Remembering WW1 through the poppies is very important to this part of the world because of our mining heritage. Thousands of miners went to fight in WW1.

"The Northumberland archives are here and it is a spectacular location."

– Woodhorn Museum
The 'Weeping Window' section of the installation will visit the Woodhorn Museum Credit: PA

Five million people visited the display in London, which was created by artists Paul Cummins and designed by Tom Piper, while it was at the Tower of London between August and November last year.

888,246 poppies were individually placed, each one to represent the death of a member of the British and Colonial forces of the First World War.

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Whitby and Scarborough mark 100 years since WW1 bombardments

Scarborough became the site of the first attack of the First World War on British soil on 16 December 1914 Credit: Topography/Topham Picturepoint/Press Association Images

Tributes will be paid this morning to those killed on the North Yorkshire coastline in the First World War bombardments exactly 100 years ago.

Hundreds of shells rained down on Scarborough before German warships attacked Whitby in 1914. 20 people were killed and hundreds more injured.

Lindy Rowley is from the Scarborough Maritime Heritage Centre.


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Scarborough remembers WW1 bombing victims

Nine days before Christmas in 1914 was the major turning point in the Great War resulting in thousands signing up to fight.

That is because it was the first time the Germans had killed civillians on home soil. The seaside town of Scarborough was one target and 18 people were killed there.

Now a group of volunteers are trying to trace their relatives in time for a special centenary next month. Sarah Clark reports.

Troops to parade through York to commemorate WW1

Soldiers from another regiment, 2 Signals, during a previous Freedom parade through York Credit: John Giles/PA Archive

Troops from Catterick Garrison are due to parade through the City of York this morning (Friday, 15th August) as part of continuing events to mark the centenary of the First World War.

The soldiers are all members of the Royal Dragoon Guards based at Alma Lines, Munster Barracks, which is the only armoured cavalry regiment based in Yorkshire.

More than 150 servicemen and women will take part, before attending a service at York Minster. A flypast is planned by RAF Typhoon fighter jets during a review of the troops at 9:30am.

"The officers and soldiers of the Royal Dragoon Guards have a unique link to the initial British actions of the First World War and to the great city of York.

"Our predecessors from all four antecedent Regiments saw action but notably lay claim to both Britain's opening shots of the war and its last cavalry charge."

– Lieutenant Colonel Tom Bateman, Commanding Officer of the Royal Dragoon Guards
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