Acts of Remembrance this Weekend

This weekend there will be a tour of the war graves in St. Andrew’s Cemetery at 10.15am on Saturday 12th November 2022.Everyone is welcome to come along. Poppy crosses will be laid on each grave. This will be followed by the laying of a cross on a war grave within St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and laying a wreath at the Roll of Honour Memorials for both world wars which are held within Hexham General Hospital.

On Saturday afternoon there will be a Peace Walk organised in conjunction with our Twin Towns, Noyon and Metzingen. The Peace Walk in Hexham, which is run by Hexham Town Twinning Association, Churches Together in Hexham and Hexham Town Council will start from the bandstand at 2pm on Saturday 12th November, Noyon’s and Metzingen’s Peace Walks will happen over the same weekend. Everyone is welcome and the route is wheelchair friendly.

MetzingenPoster in German


On Sunday there will be a Parade and Service at Hexham War Memorial in the park, please join us. Hexham Brass Band will begin to play at 10.10am and community, professional and uniformed organisations will assemble and parade into Hexham Marketplace, continue up Beaumont Street, enter the Abbey Grounds through the War Memorial Gateway, and gather at the War Memorial for an address, a service and wreath laying.

Remembrance Sunday 2022 Program


Hexham’s Mayor Derek Kennedy’s address to the twin towns on Remembrance Day

To the people of our twin towns of Noyon, France and Metzingen, Germany, I send you a message of peace and friendship from Hexham. We are holding a peace walk in unison with Metzingen and Noyon to celebrate a future of constructive dialogue. We all suffered in catastrophic conflicts as beautiful Europe was destroyed with huge human losses in the last century. Hexham is a happy and peaceful town and we send our love to you. We have Ukrainian refugees in our town as we support them during the brutal invasion of their nation. Peace is fragile and it needs nurturing, with you by our side we will do our best to prosper.  Remembrance Sunday is a vital time to reflect our history and contemplate our joint future.

Derek Kennedy
Mayor of Hexham

Mayor of Hexham Derek Kennedy is pictured at the British war cemetery in Noyon, France.  Derek paid his respects on behalf of the people of Hexham to the hundreds of war dead buried here.  The cemetery has a focal point of a statue similar in construction and dimensions to that in Hexham.