COMMUNITIES across the Borough are getting ready to mark the centenary of the end of World War One this Sunday (November 11).
Parades, services and events will take place as people come together to remember those who gave their lives in both World Wars, as well as more recent conflicts.
There’ll also be a large-scale sunflower-themed art installation at Stockton’s Trinity Church throughout Sunday, with an event featuring storytelling and songs on the night.
And it’s the last chance to see the powerful Danger Tree exhibition, which combines war poetry, oil paintings and augmented reality animations to stunning effect.
Remembrance Day services:
Remembrance Day services, some with parades, will take place across the Borough in Stockton, Thornaby, Yarm, Billingham, Ingleby Barwick, Egglescliffe, Port Clarence, Preston-on-Tees, Kirklevington, Wolviston and Stillington. Find your nearest service here.
Point Me To The Skies:
Inspired by Stockton’s Book of Remembrance, which lists 1,245 soldiers who died in the Great War, the ‘1,245 Sunflowers’ project was an opportunity to reflect on the lives of those who went to war and never returned.
It was the first of many community projects and events organised to commemorate the Great War centenary in the Borough.
‘Point Me To The Skies’ will bring those centenary commemorations to a fitting close.
Stockton’s Trinity Church will house 1,245 stunning ‘sunflowers’, all made by volunteers from recycled plastic bottles.
Organised by Stockton musician, Mike McGrother, the installation will be on show from 8am to 6.30pm (last entry 6pm) on Sunday (November 11).
From 7pm to 8pm, there’ll be a moving event featuring storytelling and songs at Trinity Church with backing from the ‘1,245 Voice Choir’. Read further details here.
The Danger Tree:
There are only a few days left before The Danger Tree exhibition closes its doors.
The stunning pictures trigger an augmented reality, where narrative conveys harrowing tales of the soldiers who fought and fell during World War One.
Through digital app Blippar, visitors can use a smartphone or tablet to scan the artwork and bring it to life.
The free exhibition is in unit 24, Wellington Square (near Debenhams), and is open from 10am to 4pm every day until Sunday (November 11). Headphones and iPads are provided.