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VJ 70th anniversary commemorations continue

A second day of commemorations will take place today in Belford, Northumberland, as part of a weekend of events to mark the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

An exhibition based on the lives and experiences of prisoners of war will be on display at Belford Museum from 10am to 5pm this afternoon.

A memorial service is also due to take place at St Mary's Parish Church in the village at 3pm.

Nelglected war memorial finds new home

A long-forgotten war memorial commemorating Gateshead men who fell in the First World War will be re-erected this week-end, almost a century after the start of the war which took their lives.

Today (May 10, 2014), soldiers from 103 (Tyne Electrical Engineers) Field Squadron Royal Engineers will build a raised garden in the graveyard at St Mary's Heritage Centre in Gateshead to provide a fitting location for a long-neglected memorial which has been out of the public eye for 50 years.

The two-tonne marble tablet was uncovered in 2006 in a corner of a council depot and sparked an investigation into where it had come from.

After a public appeal for information, it was eventually identified as a memorial from the former Park Terrace Presbyterian Church.



Service for PC Rathband

A memorial service for PC David Rathband is set to take place this weekend.

The police officer, who was shot and blinded by gunman Raoul Moat, was found dead at his home in Blyth, Northumberland last week. He will be mourned at St Nicholas Cathedral in Newcastle.

The ceremony has been organised by the officer’s twin bother, Darren. His family have been invited, along with a host of politicians and senior dignitaries.

Darren Rathband said:

“Anyone who has shown any interest in David's life and what he stood for is welcome to come to the service and show their respects.

"It will be a celebration of his life in the North East where he served people as a policeman before we then take him home to be buried with his family."

– Darren Rathband, brother of PC David Rathband

The service will take place at midday on Saturday.

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