THE laying of wreaths at the former DLI Museum in Durham was particularly poignant this year as two special men were in the thoughts of those attending.

The museum was controversially shut in 2016 but Durham County Council leaders recently agreed to look into reopening the site as an exhibition centre, gallery and café venue.

If this happens it could have space for displaying items in the DLI collection and a “peace and contemplation garden” where veterans’ ashes have been scattered.

The Faithful Durham group, which fought the original Aykley Heads museum’s closure, held a short Armistice Day service in the grounds.

A wreath was laid by Carrol Robson and Audrey Court who, like their late husbands Alan and Richard, support the Faith Durhams.

Group secretary Diane Inglis said: “Richard Court was our chairman and died just a couple of days before finding out the news that the DLI Museum could reopen.

“Both he and Alan were huge supporters so were in our minds, as were all those who gave their lives serving their country.

“Just about everyone in County Durham had relatives in the DLI.

"It is early days with in the proposal to reopen the DLI Museum but it would be lovely to follow our service here next year with coffee in the café.”


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