A courageous soldier who swapped dodging bombs for dishing out burgers has issued a rallying call to residents to never forget those who laid down their lives in conflicts across the globe.
Adam Kemp, who served alongside Prince Harry, was on official duty for the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, and completed tours of war-torn Iraq and Afghanistan during 13 sterling years of service with the Household Cavalry.
After being made redundant from his post in 2014, he embarked on a new career away from the frontline as an assistant manager at McDonald’s, in King Street, South Shields.
But while he is now serving customers rather than his country, he is still firmly entrenched in his military roots and will once again make his annual pilgrimage to West Park for an Armistice Day service.
The 36-year-old is urging the public to step out in force to pay tribute to the troops.
Mr Kemp, who lives in South Shields with wife Lucy, 32, and sons Jake, 13 and Addison, seven, said: “It is so important that we remember. It would be great for more people to come along.
It is so important that we remember.
“It is important that the younger generation recognise the sacrifices so many soldiers made.”
Mr Kemp says his toughest tour was in Iraq, where he and his colleagues faced daily mortar attacks in energy-sapping 50 degree heat.
The West Park Remembrance service gets under way at 10.50am on Wednesday, November 11 at the war memorial.
For more information on remembrance events in the borough, visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk/article/23335/Remembrance-Day-events