SOUTH Tyneside last night paid its respects to the victims of the First World War.
To commemorate 100 years since the outbreak of the conflict, a special church service was held at St Hilda’s Church followed by a Beating the Retreat military ceremony at South Shields Town Hall.
Civic dignitaries, South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck, the Armed Forces community and the public attended the service, led by Rev Chris Fuller.
It was one of many held across the country and further afield to mark the poignant centenary.
After the service, a crowd of about 250 people gathered outside South Shields Town Hall for the Beating the Retreat, which featured a performance by the 101 Northumbrian Regiment Pipe Band.
Homes in South Tyneside also took part in a national Lights Out campaign, turning off lights at home and lighting a single candle for a moment of reflection.
Elsewhere, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry visited Belgium to mark 100 years since Britain’s entry into the First World War.
Prime Minister David Cameron David Cameron visited the Dud Corner Cemetery and Loos Memorial in Northern France, which marks the death of his great great uncle Captain Francis Mount.
After the church service, a crowd of around 250 people gathered outside South Shields Town Hall for the Beating the Retreat ceremony, which included a performance by the 101 Northumbrian Regiment Pipe Band.