South Tyneside’s armed forces heroes were honoured yesterday with an emotional service and parade.
People of all ages lined Sea Road, South Shields, for the annual Armed Forces Day event.
Hundreds of motorbikes signalled the start of the military parade as they drove along the coast and into the Bents Park.
They were followed by military groups who marched into the park to rounds of applause from the public.
The event is organised each year by the BadLanders Motorcycle Club and supported by South Tyneside Council. Following an inspection of the troops by the Mayor of South Tyneside Coun Richard Porthouse, a two minute silence was held to remember those who have lost their lives serving the country.
Chairman of the BadLanders Joe Fairrie said: “We have had a great turnout and lots of motorbikes have arrived. It’s just great to put this event on every year, we get a lot of support from the public and the troops.
It’s just great to put this event on every year, we get a lot of support from the public and troops.Joe Fairrie, chairman of the BadLanders Motorcycle Club
“Every year it gets bigger and better which is thanks to the support we receive from the motorcycle clubs and the general public.
“South Shields is a great venue and South Tyneside Council always support what we do.
Coun Porthouse said: “Both myself and the Mayoress are honoured to be here today. Our armed forces and our veterans rightly deserve the support and recognition.
“They and their families make huge personal sacrifices to defend our country.”