South Tyneside pays its respects to the fallen on Armistice Day

Communities across South Tyneside paid tribute to the nation’s war heroes in honour of Armistice Day.

Monday, 8th November 2021, 1:28 pm
Updated Thursday, 11th November 2021, 2:24 pm

A number of services and parades took place today, (Thursday, November 11) to mark Armistice Day as civic dignitaries, veterans, their families and uniformed organisations joined members of the community to gather for quiet reflection.

Tributes were paid at the Mission to Seafarers in Mill Dam where the Captain of the Arcadia cruise ship, Ashley Cook, crossed the Tyne from where the vessel is berthed on the north bank of the river to present The Mission to Seafarers’ Ian Smith with a memorial service plaque.

A service was then held at the Merchant Navy Memorial.

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West Park War Memorial Armistice Day service.

Crowds also gathered in South Shields’ West Park to attend a service – led by Father Mervyn Thompson – and held a two minute silence at 11am.

During the service, Deputy Mayor Cllr Joe Amar laid the Council wreath and local school children attended to pay their respects.

Remembrance events in South Shields, Jarrow, Hebburn, Whitburn, Cleadon and East Boldon will take place on Sunday to honour the nation’s war heroes.

The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Councillor Pat Hay and Mrs Jean Copp will lead the tributes in South Shields on Remembrance Sunday.

Captain of Arcadia Ashley Cook arrives at the Mill Dam for the Armistice Day service.

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The Mayor said: “As Mayor of South Tyneside, it will be a great honour and privilege to attend this year’s Remembrance services, to pay my respects on behalf of the local community and remember all those who have served their country.

“These events are an opportunity for the community to come together for a quiet and dignified reflection to remember all those who have sacrificed so much for this country and salute those who are still serving today.”

Local school children lay wreaths at West Park War Memorial Armistice Day service.

See the full details for South Tyneside’s Remembrance Sunday services and parade below:

South Shields

10.15am – Parade will start on Beach Road at South Shields Town Hall before marching along Westoe Road to Westoe Cenotaph for service at 10:55am.


Captain of Arcadia Ashley Cook arrives at the Mill Dam for the Armistice Day service with his crew James O'Neill, chief engineer and Grant Williams, ship security officer.

10.30am – Parade will meet outside of Jarrow Town Hall in Grange Road, before marching to the War Memorial in Station Street for a service at 10.55am.

Hebburn9.45am – Parade will begin at Hebburn Central before marching to St John’s Church for a service at 10.15am. Parade reforms at 10.40am and marches to Carr Ellison Park for a short service at the War Memorial at 10.55am. Parade reforms once more and marches to Hebburn Cemetery for a short service at Kelly Grave.

Whitburn10.40am – Parade will meet at Whitburn Parish Church before moving off towards the War Memorial in Whitburn where a service will take place at 10.55am. Parade will reform, marching back to Whitburn Parish Church for a service.

Cleadon10:50am – Service at Cleadon Village War Memorial in Front Street.

East Boldon10.10am – Parade will meet at Grey Horse pub car park, before marching to St George’s Church for a short service at 10.35am. The parade will reassemble and march to the war memorial for a service at 10.55am.

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Crowds held a two minute silence at 11am.

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