Lesbury Remembers

Interviews with Residents undertaken as part of the “Lesbury Remembers” Project

Holmes Miller

Joan Morrison

Judy Twine

Ken Middlemist

Michael White

The Patterson Family

Ron Black

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Saturday 26th September 2015

The special day of commemorative events which took place on Saturday 26th September was itself truly a day to remember. The parade made up of pipes and drums, army and air cadets, Kings Own Scottish Borderers veterans, relatives of Daniel Laidlaw, children from Hipsburn School, Council representatives together with the flag waving and cheering crowds filled the bunting bedecked main street with stirring sounds and vibrant colours.

The salute was taken by Lt Colonel Colin Hogg (KOSB trustee) after which he unveiled the specially commissioned plaque paying tribute to all pupils of the school who served in the First World War. Northumberland’s Armed Forces Champion Cllr David Ledger then unveiled a Commemorative paving stone marking 100 years from the action that resulted in Piper Laidlaw’s VC.

Directed by Head teacher Dot Charlton the children enacted an Edwardian era lesson which ended with them singing fours popular songs of the day.  This took place on the stage in a part of the Hall which was one of the four classrooms when it was the village school.

There were 18 members of the Laidlaw family present and by all accounts they thoroughly enjoyed their day. In an email to the Hall committee, Great grandson Michael Laidlaw wrote:” I believe that I speak for all family members present, when I say we were amazed at the welcome and enthusiasm displayed by all taking part, on what was a very enjoyable informative day.”

The organising committee would like to thank all the volunteers, helpers and supporters you contributed to making this such a memorable day.

We are very grateful to Colin Platt for spending the whole day at the event and taking these brilliant photos.

WI and Bridge
WI and Bridge Club Ladies ready for action
Yard 01
This looks difficult
Yard Dancing
Scottish Dancers from Northumberland Church of England Academy at Ashington
Yard02
Did someone fill in a risk assessment for this?
Yard03
Skill needed
Yard04
Pipes and Drums from NCEA CCF
Yard05
Difficult to impress this audience!!
4xladies02
All ex pupils of Lesbury School
Army Stall
A day’s ration for the modern soldier
Cadets01
Coldstream Guards Cadets getting ready to spring into action
Family01
The Laidlaws
Parade Approaching
The parade approaches
Parade02
Alnwick Army Cadets
Parade03
Alnwick air cadets
Parade05
Mrs Charlton Strides out
Parade06
“We’ve been told to keep up”
Preparade01
The parade forms up on the old bridge
Salute02
NCEA CCF Coldstream Guards Marching contingent
School on Stage
“Children should be seen but not heard”
School PreParade
Hipsburn School on a mission
Smoothy02
“Why am I not moving?”
Smoothy03
“Is it still not ready?”
Uniform Boy
A proud young soldier
WI and Bridge Food
Business is brisk in the food tent
Ice Creams
Selling ice creams is good fun!!
Laidlaws
The Laidlaw Family in the Remembrance Garden
Unveiled Stone
The Commemorative Paving Stone set into the yard by the Main entrance
Unveiling Plaque01
Lt Col Colin Hogg (KOSB) unveils the plaque which will soon be installed inside the Hall
Unveiling Stone01
The unveilling of the stone
Washing01
Edwardian washday courtesy of Bailiffgate Museum
Information01
Anything you want to know?
Kids Washing01
Doing the washing is fun!

Programme of the Day’s events

Thanks to Francesca Simpson for letting use her superb biro drawing of the Hall as the logo for this event.

Background to the Event

This article was published in The Northumberland Gazette on Thursday 28th August 2014

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Public response helps uncover piper’s story

Plans to honour a First World War hero who was awarded the Victoria Cross have helped to uncover more details about his fascinating life story.

In April, we reported that the Lesbury Village Hall management committee wanted to install a special plaque at the building in memory of Piper Daniel Logan Laidlaw.

The article sparked a big response, including from his descendants, and helped to paint a picture about his past.

Educated at Lesbury’s Church of England School, which is now the village hall, Laidlaw, born in 1875, became a miller’s apprentice at Lesbury mill. He worked around north Northumberland at different stages of his life, including at Alnwick’s Co-operative store and in South Doddington with a firm of horse breeders. He was an assistant scout master and also worked as a post-master, near Norham.

Piper

Laidlaw married Georgina Mary at Alnwick Baptist Church in 1906 and they had six children.

He joined the Army at 21 and served in the Durham Light Infantry, in India, before transferring to the King’s Own Scottish Borderers as a piper until 1912. He re-enlisted when the First World War started. He attended both world war victory parades in London.

He died in 1950, aged 74, and is buried in Norham.

Read more about Daniel Laidlaw