Events will be held throughout the region over the next few days to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. Here you can find out which events are taking place near you.
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Darlington: St Herbert’s Church, Sunday, 4pm. Service of commemoration and rededication of the First World War plaque, led by the Bishop of Jarrow, the Right Revd Mark Bryant, followed by scattering of poppy seeds in the grounds.
Darlington: Binns department store, Monday, from 10am. The Darlington Veterans Club will host a one day exhibition of military equipment, medals and trench art from the First World War in the basement of Binns, in High Row. The exhibition will open to the public at 10am, with a number of veterans club members present.
Darlington: St Matthew & St Luke’s Church, Monday, 9am to 9pm. Display with details and stories of people who either fought in the Great War or were left to hold the fort at home.
Darlington: Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum, from Friday, August 1, until November. Trains to Trenches: North Eastern Railways in World War One, an exhibition commemorating the First World War and its impact on Darlington and the railway industry. Normal museum entry fee applies.
Darlington: St John’s Church, Saturday to Monday, all day. An exhibition including poems, posters, songs and crafts as well as two memorial boards - a roll of honour which lists all pupils who attended St John's school and a list of pupils who sacrificed their life in the war. On Monday the church will be open for prayer, with readings and prayers every half an hour.
Darlington: St John’s Church, Tuesday, 10am. Find out how to get involved with the North East railways in World War One project at the Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum. The museum has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund to look at the contribution of railway workers in the North-East during the First World War. Representatives from the project will be on hand to hear memories and experiences of people whose relatives were connected to the railways during the war.
Aycliffe Village: St Andrew’s Church, Monday, 10am to 4pm. The church will be open for people to sit and reflect on the outbreak of the First World War and those who fought and died in the conflict. Aycliffe Village Local History Society has created a display to commemorate the 13 men on the village war memorial.
Barnard Castle: St Mary’s Parish Church, Monday, 10am to 7pm. Barnard Castle Churches Together are opening the church all day for visitors to view the First World War memorial and displays about the roll of honour, light candles and take part in shorts acts of worship. Prayers take place at 10am, noon, 2pm and 4pm. There will be a short service and act of remembrance at 6pm.
Barnard Castle: The Bowes Museum, Monday, 10pm to 11pm. Candlelit vigil and lantern procession as part of the national Lights Out initiative. Meet at the museum’s gates at 9.45pm.
Bishop Auckland: A short service and wreath laying at 11am on Sunday at the war memorial in Market Place followed by 11.15am service at St Anne's Church. Traffic restrictions in place from 10.30am.
Byers Green: St Peter's Church exhibition Saturday, 10am to 4pm; Sunday noon to 4pm; Monday from 10am to 4pm. There will be a parade of standards and a church service on Monday, at 4pm, followed by a short act of commemoration at the cenotaph.
Cockfield: St Mary’s Church, Monday, 10am to 4pm. Church open all day, with prayers at 4pm.
Crook: St Catherine’s Church, 6.15pm. Remembering War and Building Peace service, suitable for all ages.
Eggleston: Holy Trinity Church will be open from 9am to 7pm, on Monday, for private prayer with prayer readings on the hour. A commemorative stone, sculpted by Phil Townsend, will be unveiled at 11am the same day outside Eggleston Village Hall, which will host a community coffee morning from 10am to noon.
Ferryhill: Service at St Luke’s Church, on Sunday, 6pm, attended by youth organisations, flag bearers and Ferryhill Town Band and the Archdeacon of Durham, the Venerable Ian Jagger. Ferryhill: Ferryhill History Society will hold a free exhibition at the Heritage Centre, at Duncombe Cemetery Chapel, depicting Ferryhill and district during the First World War on Sunday, from 10am to 3pm.
Heatherycleugh: St Thomas’s Church, Monday, 7pm. Vigil service. Presentation running throughout the day showing photos and stories of men whose names appear on the war memorial.
Sedgefield: St Edmund’s Church, Sunday, 6.30pm. Vigil service.
Sedgefield: On the green, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 4.40pm. Sedgefield Village Veterans’ First World War Weekend, featuring living history displays, an army encampment and veterans information stand. A service will be held at the cenotaph at 9.45am.
Shildon: St John’s Church, Sunday, 4pm. Ecumenical service, attended by the town mayor Henry Nicholson and with music from the Salvation Army band. The service includes poetry of lost love on the battlefield and former service personnel will light 25 candles as the 25 major battles and those killed during the conflicts are recalled.
Spennymoor: St Paul’s Church, Monday, August 4, 3pm to 8pm. The church will open for acts of remembrance. Visitors can light a candle in memory of those killed in the conflict and wars since plus there will be quiet reflection and prayer. The church bells will chime 100 times from 8pm in an act of public witness.
Spennymoor: Durham County Local History Society will host the Spennymoor’s Great War exhibition in the Spennymoor Town Hall. It will feature a display on Spennymoor nurse Kate Maxey who served in France. It runs between Saturday, August 2, and Saturday, August 30, with doors open from noon to 4pm Monday to Friday and from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays. Entry is free.
St Helen Auckland: St Helen’s Church, Sunday, 4pm. Civic commemorative evensong, followed by afternoon tea in the Vicarage gardens. On Monday the church is open from 10am to 7.30pm for silent reflection and lighting of remembrance candles. Requiem mass at 7pm.
St John’s Chapel: St John the Baptist Church, Monday, 8.30pm. Vigil service.
Stanhope: St Thomas’s Church, Monday, 11am and 8pm. Eucharist service with prayers for world peace at 11am and vigil service at 8pm. A leather-bound book for memories, prayers and poems will be open all day for contributions.
Trimdon Village: St Mary Magdalene Church, Monday, 10.30pm to 11pm. Candlelit service of readings, poems and reflections to remember the 198 men from Trimdon killed during the First World War. MP Phil Wilson is attending, along with the chairman and members of Trimdon and Trimdon Foundry Parish Councils, county councillor Lucy Hovvels representatives of the Royal British Legion, Northumberland Fusiliers Association, DLI Association, Green Howards Association, service families, veterans from the Trimdons and members of local scouting and cadet movements.
Upper Weardale: All churches, Monday, 10am to 4pm. All churches will be open for private prayer and contemplation.
West Cornforth: Holy Trinity Church, Sunday, 3pm. Town service.
Westgate: St Andrew’s Church, Monday, 8pm. Vigil service.
Annfield Plain: Castle Court housing scheme, Wednesday, 10am-3pm. Day of events commemorating the anniversary including summer fair with stalls, with part of the money raised going to Help For Heroes.
Beamish Museum: Wednesday, 2pm, staff, volunteers and visitors will parade through the museum behind banners for a commemoration speech at the pit village.
Benfieldside: St Cuthbert’s Church, Monday, 6pm. Hour-long vigil of prayer at 6pm, which will allow people the opportunity to pay a quiet visit to the war memorial in the church, followed by a short service of prayers for peace at 7pm.
Blackhall: St Andrew’s Church, Monday, 6pm. An ecumenical service attended by The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham and the Deputy Mayor of Durham. There will be a parade by the 1932 Air Training Squadron.
Durham: Cathedral, Monday, 5.15pm. A commemorative choral evensong followed by a vigil from 6.30pm until 11.30pm.
Durham: St Giles’ Church, Monday, noon. A service of commemoration and remembrance with hymns, reflection, prayers and poems.
Durham: Durham School, Quarryheads Lane, Monday, 7pm. Reception followed by three-course supper. At 10.30pm there will be a short service of remembrance and wreath laying. Part of the national Lights Out programme.
Easington Colliery: Church of the Ascension, Monday, 4pm. Commemorative service.
Easington Lane: Community Access Point, Brick Garth, Hetton. Monday, 10am. The Deputy Mayor of Sunderland will attend the new memorial garden, which includes an exhibition of First World War photographs and memorabilia. Gateshead: MetroCentre, Monday, 2pm. A drumhead service will commence in Exhibition Square paying tribute to those who fought in the First World War and all subsequent actions. Open to the public. To be attended by The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham.
Low Fell: St Helen’s Church, Sunday, 9.30am. A sung Eucharist focussing on commemoration. Seaham: Monday, 11am. Military parade from the top of Church Street to Terrace Green for a picnic and music. Followed at 10pm by candle-lit vigil at the cenotaph.
South Moor: St George’s Church, Monday, 10am-2pm. Church will be open for quiet prayer and reflection.
South Shields: St Hilda’s Church, Market Place, Monday, 7pm. A church service and ceremony, followed by Beating the Retreat military ceremony at South Shields Town Hall at 8pm.
Stanley: St Andrew’s Church, Monday, 11am. Act of Remembrance at the war memorial and tolling of the church bells. Church will be open from 10am to 2pm for quiet prayer.
Sunderland: Minster, Monday, 10am. A service to be attended by The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham, the Lord Lieutenant, Mayor of Sunderland and military and civic guests.
Tanfield: St Margaret’s Church, Monday, 10am-2pm. Church will be open for quiet prayer and reflection.
Washington: Village War Memorial, Sunday, 11am. A service to commemorate the outbreak of war, followed by a rededication of the newly refurbished memorial by The Right Revd Mark Bryant, Bishop of Jarrow. Members of the Royal British Legion will be in attendance. Washington: Oxclose Church, Sunday, 10am. Baptism service with dedication and blessing of wooden bench in garden in memory of those fallen in the War.
Aldbrough: St Bartholomew’s Church, Sunday, 3pm. A commemorative service followed by a procession to the war memorial to dedicate a new plaque.
Gilling East: Holy Cross, Sunday, 6pm. A memorial service. Until August 27, from 10am to 4pm daily, the church is hosting an exhibition remembering those who died and those who survived.
Great Ayton: Christ Church, Sunday, 4.30pm. A Simple Service of Reflection on High Green. The church will also be remembering the 48 people from the parish who died in the war, by asking different village groups to ‘adopt’ one of the fallen and come to the church on the day that person died.
Northallerton: All Saints’ Church, Monday, 10pm to 11pm. A candlelit vigil of reflection and remembrance. The church will be open all evening for people to pray and light a candle.
Osmotherley: St Peter’s Church, Monday, 7pm. A memorial service which will end at the war memorial.
Oswaldkirk: St Oswald’s Church, Sunday, 10.30am. The church will be joining with St Aidan’s RC Church and the churches of Ampleforth, Gilling and Stonegrave for a commemoration service. St Oswald’s will also be holding a candlelit vigil on Monday from 10pm to 11pm.
Richmond: Friary Gardens, Monday, 10.45am. The town and district councils will hold a service followed by two minutes silence at 11am and a wreath-laying. Tea and coffee available in the town hall afterwards.
Richmond: St Mary’s Church, Monday, 9.45pm. A combined service with the Royal Military Police followed by two minutes silence and a wreath-laying. Tea and coffee will, be served in the town hall afterwards.
Sowerby: St Oswald’s Church, Sunday, 6.30pm. A Reflective Service for Peace and Justice.
Thirsk: Market Place, Monday. The Royal British Legion Band will play a medley of favourite First World War tunes and students will read selected war poetry in the Market Place with a minute’s silence at 11am.
Thirsk: Market Place, Monday, 10.30pm. A candlelit service marking the moment war was declared with a minute’s silence at 11pm.
Thirsk: Monday to Friday, 10am to 4pm. An interactive exhibition at the Friends’ Meeting House, Choices 1914, reflecting on the choices people faced 100 years ago.
Thorntons and Otteringtons: Sunday. Short memorial services will be held at St Leonard’s, Thornton-le-Street after the 9am service, at St Andrew’s, South Otterington, after the 10.45am service, and in Thornton-le-Beans Churchyard at 3pm.
Welbury: St Leonard’s Church, Sunday, 6pm. A vigil service.
Worsall: All Saints’ Church, Monday, 7.30pm. A Service of Solemn Commemoration followed by a procession to the war memorial and the lighting of a commemorative candle.
Guisborough: St Nicholas’ Church: Monday, 10.55am: An Act of Remembrance at the war memorial with one minute silence at 11am.
Ingleby Barwick: St Francis’ Church, Sunday, 10am. A service in conjunction with the town council followed by a walk to the war memorial to lay sprigs of rosemary for remembrance.
Middlesbrough: St Martin’s CE Church, Acklam Road, Whinney Banks, Sunday, 6.30pm. A commemorative service involving people from churches across the town.
Middlesbrough: Centre Square and Dorman Museum, Linthorpe Road, Monday, 10pm. A single lamp will be lit in each of the public buildings around Centre Square and Dorman Museum as part of the national Lights Out initiative.
Redcar: The Redcar Beacon, Seafront, Monday, 10pm. The Beacon will be plunged into darkness as part of the national Lights Out initiative. The lights will also go out at Kirkleatham Museum, and the Leisure and Community Heart buildings in the town.
Stockton: Parish Gardens, 10pm, Monday. Lights will be switched off as Stockton’s War Memorial is lit golden as part of town’s 1,245 Sunflowers Project. Visitors asked to light candles and at 11pm a ‘home-fire’ will be lit, burning for 1,245 minutes.
Stockton: Parish Gardens, 7pm, Tuesday. Communal singing and music from the First World War era as well as readings as town’s mayor lights a candle from the home-fire, lit the previous night. Each of the names of the 1,245 dead will be read out. A lone bugler on the Central Bandstand will end the proceedings.
Yarm: St Mary Magdalene Church, West Street, Yarm, Sunday, 9.30am. Commemorative service followed by parade at 10.30am to Yarm War Memorial. There will also be a Victorian fair, field kitchen and 20m trench in the town.
Yarm: War Memorial Yarm High Street, Monday, 10pm. Candlelit vigil featuring glass poppies produced by local schools placed around the cenotaph.
*Hartlepool’s major commemorations will focus on the 100th anniversary of the bombardment of Hartlepool in December.