Lighting up County Durham in Remembrance of the fallen
Landmarks across County Durham are being lit up in red to commemorate Remembrance
Durham County Council is once again lighting up six landmarks across the county as a
stunning visual reminder of the poppies which bloomed on First World War battlefields.
From Wednesday (10 November), until Sunday (14 November), Durham Town Hall,
County Hall in Durham, Bishop Auckland Town Hall and the War Memorial in the Market
Place at Chester-le-Street will all be lit from 9am until 10pm each day, with the sites best
viewed after 4pm.
The Butter Market at Barnard Castle and the Cenotaph and Poppy Fence at The Green in
Seaham will also be lit up from 4pm until 7pm during the same period.
Other outdoor displays include a light projection of the well-known war poem For the
Fallen on the wall of Clayport Library in Durham and a canopy of poppies knitted by the
Women’s Institute on Bishop Auckland Town Hall.
The Women’s Institute has also decorated All Saints Church in Newton Hall, Durham, with
over 400 poppies, while an image of falling poppies will be displayed on screens in all
council buildings and on outdoor screens at Elvet Bridge and outside Gala Theatre in
Cllr Amanda Hopgood, Leader of Durham County Council, said: “Women’s Institutes,
community groups and residents across the county have, this year, created more amazing displays throughout our communities to commemorate the sacrifices our service men and
women have made for us all. It is so important that we all reflect on these sacrifices made
by members of the armed forces, past and present, and we are pleased to be able to once
again light up our buildings in our own tribute to the fallen.
“Our forces personnel make an invaluable contribution to our communities. We are all so
grateful for all they have done and continue to do to keep us safe. Remembrance provides
us with a unique time when people of all ages come together to pay tribute to our service
personnel, and it is an honour to be a part of that this year.”
Nicola Meredith, area manager for the Royal British Legion in the north east, said: “This
year, the Royal British Legion is marking its centenary, 100 years since we set out on our
founding mission to fight for the rights of those who had given so much and come back to
“Today, the Royal British Legion continues to stand shoulder to shoulder with our Armed
Forces community, and we are delighted to see that the torch of Remembrance is still
burning brightly across County Durham.”
Online activities have also been arranged by the council to commemorate Remembrance
Day. People can listen to a selection of four war poems ready by Gerald McNally, who
donated an anthology of recorded first world war poems to the DLI Collection. There are
also recordings of When the Bugle Calls, a temporary exhibition created with items from
the DLI Collection in 2018.
For more information about the online events, residents should visit