A new memorial has been unveiled in recognition of the selfless acts of heroism displayed by South Tyneside veterans who fought in the Second World War.
A special seat of remembrance now takes pride of place in Jubilee Woods, in Jarrow, following funding from Jarrow and Boldon Community Area Forum with the support of the Bede ward members.
The seat was formally unveiled during a ceremony in the presence of veterans by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Alan Smith, and the chairman of Jarrow Normandy Veterans Bob Douglas.
The Mayor, said: “It was a pleasure for the mayoress and I to unveil this beautiful seat in such a tranquil spot.
“I would encourage people to visit this seat to pay their respects to those who sacrificed so much for the liberation of their country.
“If it was not for our veterans, who played such a crucial role in the Second World War and other conflicts, we would not be here enjoying the freedom they fought so bravely to protect.”
Normandy veterans from South Tyneside chose the design of the seat, which is in the shape of an oak leaf with hand carved poppies and the message ‘They shall grow not old’ on the base.
Bob said: “It was a great honour to unveil the memorial seat along with the Mayor of South Tyneside.
“I hope in years to come many people will visit the seat as those men who gave up their lives to help liberate not only Britain but France, Belgium and Holland, should never be forgotten.”
Coun Jim Perry, chairman of the Jarrow and Boldon Community Area Forum, said: “We felt it was important to highlight the heroism and sacrifices of our veterans and fellow ex-servicemen.”
“The memorial seat in Jubilee Woods is a peaceful place for people to reflect and pay tribute to those who fought for them.”