A PONTELAND teenager played a vital role in the 100th anniversary of the armistice centenary events involving members of the royal family, politicians and veterans.

Alex Elliott-Smith (18) from Ponteland, is among 100 teenagers, all graduates of National Citizen Service (NCS), who were invited by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport to be part of the national remembrance service in London.

Welcoming 10,000 guests to the event, Alex and the NCS graduates ensured the event ran smoothly, registering guests and leading the main procession and wreath-laying ceremony.

Alex said: “Participating in Armistice 100 was a real privilege. After helping with the accreditation process for guests, we made our way to the Cenotaph where I was honoured to lay wreaths on behalf of those who were participating in the People's Procession.

“I think it is important that young people were involved in the event. The effort of everyone involved proves that young people see, embrace and commemorate Armistice and the ultimate sacrifices that generations before us made.”

Open to young people aged 16-17, the NCS programme takes place in school holidays and includes community-based social action projects and outdoor team-building exercises - a vital opportunity to learn 'life skills'.