South Tyneside prepares to remember the fallen

Remembrance Sunday Service at Westoe Cenotaph.
Remembrance Sunday Service at Westoe Cenotaph.

South Tynesiders will be stepping out in force this weekend to honour courageous heroes of war 
who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of their country.

The borough will fall silent for a touching tribute to those who laid their lives on the line in two world wars and more recent conflicts across the globe at a series of Remembrance Sunday services.

A host of services have also being organised to mark Armistice Day next Wednesday.

Poignant parades will be held in South Shields, Hebburn, East Boldon, Jarrow, Cleadon and Whitburn on Sunday.

This year’s Remembrance Sunday events will be held 70 years on from Britain and its Allies securing victory in World War Two.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse, is urging residents to turn out to pay their respects to soldiers whose lives were cut short in the fight for freedom.

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

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

“I hope that as many members of the public as possible will attend one of the many events that are taking place across the borough.”