A GARDEN centre has handed over more than £4,000 to a military charity after holding an evening of remembrance.

The event took place at Poplar Tree Garden Centre and Brambles coffee shop, in Shincliffe, near Durham, to raise funds for ABF The Soldier's Charity, the national charity of the British Army.

More than 120 people attended the Night of Remembrance event, which took place last month and included a dinner, auction and music by Julie Pendleton, John Rowland and the Blue Light Choir.

The cheque for £4,125.30 was handed over to the charity and some Chelsea pensioners, who attended last month's event and were visiting Durham this weekend to take part in Remembrance Day events.

Managing Director Sue Curry said: "The ABF Charity Catterick is very important to me as my father served with the Durham Light Infantry.

"The welfare of the soldiers past and present and their families have been at the heart of everything I do.

"Hopefully The Night of Remembrance we hold each year will grow to be bigger and better, going forward.

"My dear friend Pat Johnson got me involved with the ABF Soldiers Charity a few years ago, which gives us both a great deal of satisfaction knowing we are helping the soldiers and their families.”

This is the second year the garden centre and coffee shop has hosted a Remembrance event.

Money will go to provide support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families.