Battle of the Somme fallen remembered in Sunderland parade

Dozens of people took part in a parade through Sunderland to remember those who died in the battle of the Somme which was fought a century ago.

Organised by historical group Hebburn Somme Association, those young and old marched from the city's Civic Centre into the city centre.

Parade to remember those who died at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Parade to remember those who died at the Battle of the Somme in 1916.

Thousands watched on as the procession took place, with the Young Carsons Volunteers from Liverpool performing.

The largest battle in the First World War, more than one million soldiers were either killed or injured in the battle over more than 140 days of fighting in France.

Its first day of conflict remains the bloodiest day in the history of the British Army and it was felt deeply at home, in particular in towns and villages which had raised Pals battalions and suffered horrible losses.

The parade on Wearside was organised to mark 100 years since the battle took place.

Wreaths were left at the cenotaph as the parade made its way into the city centre.

Derek Bramwell, of Hebburn Somme Association, said: "This is the centenary year of the battle and all other associations across the UK are marking it.

"The battle affected almost every family in the North East when it happened and that's why it's important to remember those who died.

"We've had a really good turnout. There are people from Liverpool, London, Corby, Goven, Fife and East Belfast here today.

"We've also had a great response from the public. It's been fantastic."