I always find it a privlege to cover Remembrance Day events. It is vitally important that those who gave the ultimate sacrifice are acknowledged and if any good can come from tradegy, it's that, hopefully, the likelihood of future conflict and war can be reduced.
Last weekend I had two assignments relating to the day of remembrance. A story for The Northern Echo demonstrating the amzing dedication of one man, Paul Stephenson, who spent 10 years of research to track down the names of men and women who had been omitted from the list of war dead inscribed in stone at Memorial Hall in Darlington. New plaques were being put in place with an additional 155 men who had fallen in the First World War, and 76 people from the Second World War, thanks to Paul's tireless resolve.
My other engagement preceded the Darlington Mowden Park v Sedgley Park rugby match on Saturday. As the players from both teams lined up, a wreath was laid pitchside by a member of the armed forces, and a bugler sounded the Last Post and the Reveille either side of a one minute silence. An emotional moment as the pin-drop silence erupted into cheers and applause at the blow of the referee's whistle.