I took time out today to commemorate the centenary of the start of World War I.
I attended a church service at St Francis of Assisi in Ingleby Barwick followed by a short service and laying of flowers and rosemary (for remembrance) at the new war memorial in Romano Park.
From there I went to Yarm to the Drum Head Service on Willey Flatts Field.
The organisers of both events worked hard to achieve commemorations that did not glorify war but recognised the immense contributions of local people; on the front line or at home; and gave time to reflect on today's wars too.
Both were very moving and gave us all time to reflect on our own family histories and engagement.
Thanks to Ingleby Barwick Town Council, St Francis of Assisi and the team at Yarm 2014 led by Cllr Peter Monck. You did us proud today.
Tomorrow and Tuesday I will be attending further events in the constituency.
Today I am taking time to also remember the fantastic and vital efforts of so many women in WWI.