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Community tribute concludes 1,245 project

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

community tribute

Stockton's 1,245 Sunflowers commemorative project came to a close last night with a reflective, community led tribute of music, light and song.

The 1,245 Sunflowers project is at the heart of a borough-wide programme of events, exhibitions and activities in Stockton for the Great War Centenary.

Yesterday (Tuesday 5 August) people gathered in the town's Parish Gardens to remember the community that never came home and say a final goodbye to the fallen soldiers.

The evening opened with a range of wartime songs by North Skelton Band followed by communal singing led by Stockton Town Choir.

The vigil began at 11pm on Monday night with a reading of all 1,245 names in Stockton’s Book of Remembrance.

1,245 minutes after the Homefire was lit, Mayor of Stockton, Councillor Barbara Inman paid tribute to the unnamed soldier with a candlelit vigil and a shared moment of quiet reflection at 7.45pm last night.

Councillor Inman, said: "The 1,245 Sunflowers project has touched thousands of people, bringing the whole community together to remember those who sacrificed their lives in the First World War and other conflicts since. I was honoured to be a part of it and would like to thank everyone who has helped to plan, organise and participate in this special commemorative project.”

The night continued with readings and music, concluding with the sound of a lone bugler on the central bandstand. For further details visit www.stockton.gov.uk/sunflowers or http://1245sunflowers.org 

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