Tree planting honours Normandy veterans

The heroic actions and self-sacrifice of the men of South Tyneside who helped secure freedom in the Second World War has been recognised.

A lasting tribute in the form of English oak trees has been planted at Jubilee Woods in Jarrow.

It is incredibly important that we never forget the sacrifices made by the Normandy Veterans so that we can live in peace and freedom.

Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Richard Porthouse

The move was taken as a way of marking and remembering the service of Normandy Veterans and their fellow servicemen and women during the war.

The tree planting was attended by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Coun Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia.

Labour Coun for Bede, Coun Fay Cunningham, also attended, along with Normandy veterans.

During the event a memorial plaque was unveiled by the Mayor and chairman of Jarrow Normandy Veterans, Bob Douglas.

Coun Porthouse said: “It is incredibly important that we never forget the sacrifices made by so few for the liberation of so many.

“It is hoped that by planting these trees in this tranquil spot, we can encourage people to remember and pay their respects to our Armed Forces who played such a crucial role during the Second World War and in other conflicts around the globe.

“These trees will grow to be a constant reminder of the sacrifices made by the Normandy Veterans so that we can live in peace and freedom.”

The Normandy Veterans group was formed following the end of the war to commemorate the landings – which saw around 150,000 Allied troops from Britain, America, Canada, Australia and New Zealand land on the beaches in Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944, heralding the beginning of the end of the 1939-45 conflict.