South Tynesiders urged to celebrate our armed forces

The former Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, inspecting Durham Army Cadets at the Armed Forces Day organised by Bad-Landers Motorcycle Club at Bents Park, South Shields, last year.
The former Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Fay Cunningham, inspecting Durham Army Cadets at the Armed Forces Day organised by Bad-Landers Motorcycle Club at Bents Park, South Shields, last year.

Military heroes from South Tyneside who risk their lives to serve queen and country are to be celebrated this weekend.

Thousands of people are expected to line Sea Road, South Shields, on Sunday for the annual Armed Forces Day Parade.

Armed Forces Day is important, it shows our troops people do value their commitment.

Joe Fairrie

The day will start with a cavalcade of more than 200 motorcyclists, who will ride into Bents Park at about 9.30am.

They will be followed into the park by a range of military troops representing a range of armed forces groups.

Rev Paul Kennedy will host an open air church service allowing people to pay their respects to those who served their country, remembering those who have been injured or didn’t return from conflict.

The event is organised by the Bad-Landers Motorcycle Club and aims to raise awareness of the vital work done by our armed forces and funds for military charities.

It will also see the Mayor of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse, be invited to carry out an inspection of the troops before the family fun day is officially opened.

Joe Fairrie, chairman of the Bad-Landers, said: “As well as raising valuable funds for military charities, Armed Forces Day is important because it shows our troops that people do value the commitment and dedication of our military, both past and present. When you have lost loved ones or are laying your life on the line every day, knowing that people recognise and appreciate the work you do is incredibly important.”

Throughout the event, which is supported by South Tyneside Council, visitors will be entertained with live music, street entertainers and a fun air. There will also be exhibitions of classic cars, scooters and motorbikes.

Coun Ed Malcolm, South Tyneside Council’s armed forces champion, said: “In addition to having a great family day out, those who attend 
will be supporting a worthwhile cause and showing members of the Armed Forces we appreciate the work they do.”

Sea Road will be closed from 9.45am to 10.45am for the parade.