Crowds gathered across the Tees area this weekend to pay their respects to those who gave their lives in both world wars and more recent conflicts, as well as those who fought but returned home never to forget.

At the Norton ceremony of Remembrance at Norton Cricket Club on Saturday, children from local scouts, cubs, brownies, guides and schools, paraded with poppies made from recycled plastic bottles.

It was a particularly poignant day, as each child was presented with a memorial badge to remember the paratroopers who liberated Arnhem and the town’s flower children who tend their graves each year.

Also at the ceremony, pictured in this amazing photograph by Gary Walsh, was Bob Brown, who is 101 years old. In 1939 at the age of 19 he joined the RAF. He was shot down flying over Germany and spent four years in POW camps. He never lost hope, although his optimism was sometimes strained. If he was down in the dumps a friend would say oh stop bellyaching Browny… Mr Brown came home to ultimately become one of the most popular primary school head teachers in the area. Bob will be 102 in February.

Bob Brown, photographed by Gary Walsh
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And throughout the village, more and more knitted poppies appeared in remembrance.