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Exhibition to mark County Durham's contribution to World War I

A six month exhibition has opened today to mark the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

It commemorates the sacrifice the people of County Durham made during the Great War.

Visitors learn through personal stories how soldiers, nurses, chaplains and civilian industry workers all helped in the war effort.

Kris Jepson's report begins with the words of one soldier who died at the Somme:

Veteran reunited with missing medals

Dozens of volunteers with metal detectors have been trying to find a World War Two veteran's medals after he lost them on the way to a memorial service.

93-year-old Donald Nicholson, from Houghton-le-Spring, was a flight engineer in the RAF and saved his comrades' lives after helping to land a burning plane.

As Frances Read reports, it's a story with a happy ending:


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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