This year marks the centenary of the armistice to end fighting in World War One, and to mark the anniversary I will be writing about the part Hexham and Northumberland played in the Great War. The Hexham Courant's Brian Tilley has written a book on the subject, Tynedale in the Great War, and throughout the year I will be sharing some of the fascinating stories of our region during WW1.
Local men and women from all backgrounds played their part when war broke out, and the huge loss of life was felt all over Tynedale and is still evident today at the region's many war memorials. The ordinary people who fought so bravely for our country are a major part of Northumberland's history, and we must all make sure, particularly in this centenary year, that they are never forgotten.
I hope that in the coming weeks and months you will enjoy learning with me about Tynedale's role in World War One. For those who would like to learn more about the history of our region in the Great War, then I would certainly recommend buying a copy of Tynedale in the Great War by Brian Tilley to discover more about Tynedale and its incredible history during the war - available from Forum Books in Corbridge and elsewhere.