Thousands turn out for Remembrance Sunday

South Shields Remembrance Sunday. Parade from Town Hall to Westoe Cenotaph
South Shields Remembrance Sunday. Parade from Town Hall to Westoe Cenotaph

Thousands of people in South Tyneside turned out ysterday to honour those who fell in defence of the country.

The borough fell silent at the stroke of 11am as people observed the two-minute silence at six ceremonies in honour of those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

South Shields Remembrance Sunday. Parade from Town Hall to Westoe Cenotaph

South Shields Remembrance Sunday. Parade from Town Hall to Westoe Cenotaph

In South Shields, the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Alan Smith and his wife Moira, led the Remembrance Sunday parade and service from South Shields Town Hall to the war memorial at Westoe.

Other civic dignitaries included South Shields Mp Emma Lewell-Buck, council leader Councillor Iain Malcolm and chief executive Martin Swales.

The service was conducted by The Rev Paul Kennedy of St Michael and All Angels Church.

South Tyneside’s Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia, led the tributes at a ceremony in Hebburn.

South Shields Remembrance Sunday. Parade from Town Hall to Westoe Cenotaph

South Shields Remembrance Sunday. Parade from Town Hall to Westoe Cenotaph

Other Remembrance Sunday events were held at memorials in Jarrow, Whitburn, Cleadon and east Boldon.

Despite the cold and rainy weather, Hundreds of people turned out in South Shields to watch the parade and service featuring veterans, their families, civic dignitaries and uniformed organisations.

Coun Porthouse said: “It was a real privilege to take part in these acts of remembrance, to pay respects on behalf of the community and honour those brave individuals who sacrificed so much to serve their country.

“Armistice Day on Wednesday and Remembrance Sunday are poignant occasions when we should reflect and remember all those who gave their lives for the peace and freedom we all enjoy today, and salute those who are still on active service around the world.”

South Shields Remembrance Sunday. Parade from Town Hall to Westoe Cenotaph

South Shields Remembrance Sunday. Parade from Town Hall to Westoe Cenotaph

This year’s Remembrance Sunday events were marking the 70th anniversary of Britain and its allies securing victory in World War Two.

In Hebburn a parade marched from Hebburn Central, in Glen Street, for a service at St John’s Church before reforming and marching to the war memorial at Carr Ellison Park.

The congregation then proceeded to Hebburn Cemetery for tributes at the HMS Kelly Grave, where the Mayor laid a wreath.

SIDEBAR

Armistice Day takes place on Wednesday - the traditional 11th day of the 11th month when the fighting stopped in 1945.

A number of events will be taking place in the borugh to mark the day.

10:30am: Service at St Stephen’s Church, Mile End Road, South Shields

10:30am: Assemble at the Mission to Seafarers, in Mill Dam, South Shields, and walk to the Merchant Navy Memorial for a service.

10:50am: Assemble at War Memorial, West Park, South Shields for service.

10:30am: Assemble at Lord Nelson pub, Jarrow. before marching to the War Memorial in Monkton Village for a service.