South Tynesiders turn out in force for Remembrance Sunday
Hundreds of people turned out to pay tribute to the nation's fallen today as Remembrance Sunday services were held across South Tyneside.
Residents joined civic dignitaries, veterans, their families and uniformed organisations at a number of the borough’s services to honour those who died in conflicts, both past and present, while serving their country.
The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Couns Alan and Moira Smith, led tributes in South Shields, where there was a parade from the Town Hall to Westoe war memorial for a service.
The Mayor laid a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals.
Remembrance Day services and parades were also held at St John’s Church, the war memorial and the HMS Kelly memorial in Hebburn; at the war memorial in Station Street, Jarrow; at Whitburn Parish Church; Cleadon village’s war memorial and at St George’s Church and war memorial in East Boldon.
They followed several services and parades held in South Tyneside to mark Armistice Day on Friday.
The Mayor said: “The precious freedoms we enjoy today are thanks to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on the battlefield and those who are currently serving around the globe.
“Once again, South Tyneside has come together to show their resounding support for our Armed Forces and to pay their respects to those who have lost their lives, in past and present conflicts, and to their families.
“It was a privilege to lay a wreath on behalf of all the residents in the borough and to meet those currently serving as well as our veterans and their families.
"We have an extremely strong armed forces community in South Tyneside and it was wonderful to see residents turn out in force to show their support.”