South Tyneside remembers 'huge historical moment' on 75th anniversary of VJ Day
South Tyneside paid its respects on the 75th anniversary of VJ Day on August 15.
With social distancing restrictions in place, commemorations were lower key and with far fewer people in attendance than would have been otherwise.
However, the occasion was no less poignant or heartfelt, despite the very limited numbers.
At the Westoe war memorial, in South Shields, a wreath laying was attended by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Norman Dick, and Mayoress Jean Williamson.
Also present was the leader of South Tyneside Council, Councillor Iain Malcolm.
The mayor unveiled a commemorative bench beside the war memorial, with the years of World War II, 1939 to 1945, written either side of an image of a sea battle from the conflict.
There was a very personal touch to the proceedings when three sisters laid their own wreath in honour of their father.
Ann Elstob, Patricia Coleman and Kathleen Rowe were there to honour the memory of their dad, Clive Olley.
They brought along a photograph of Mr Olley and Patricia proudly wore his medals.
Meanwhile there was a separate event at the Carr Ellison Park war memorial, in Hebburn, where an identical bench was unveiled there by South Tyneside’s Deputy Mayor, Gladys Hobson.
Councillor Hobson, alongside Major Andy Loader of the 101 Regiment Royal Artillery, laid a wreath to honour those who fought for their country.
Other wreaths were placed in other key commemorative locations across South Tyneside.
Another memorial event was held on Tuesday, August 11 outside South Shields Town Hall, where Councillor Dick attended a drumhead service in which a bugler played The Last Post.
Councillor Iain Malcolm said: “VJ Day is the day on which Imperial Japan surrendered in World War II, effectively bringing the war to an end.
“This was a huge historical moment and the tens of thousands of service personnel from across the UK and the Commonwealth who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country deserve to be remembered and honoured, despite the challenges we currently face.”