South Tyneside to Honour Armed Forces this Sunday

Posted by: Kaye Russell on 19 June 2024 11:17

South Tyneside will be supporting military organisations this Sunday (23 June) as the Borough comes together to mark Armed Forces Day.

The special Armed Forces Day event, organised by the Bad-Landers Motorcycle Club in partnership with South Tyneside Council, will feature a military parade along South Shields seafront, followed by an action-packed family fun day in Bents Park.

Images from 2023 event
Images from 2023 event
Images from 2023 event
Images from 2023 event
Images from 2023 event
Images from 2023 event

It will begin with a cavalcade of around 500 motorbikes and scooters as they ride along the seafront leaving from Sunderland to Bents Park at 9.45am.

At around 10.20am, the cavalcade will be followed by a military procession, including Westoe Brass Band and Houghton Pipe and Drums Band, from Gypsies Green to Bents Park, where an inspection of the troops and an open-air church service will take place.

The service, led by Rev Lesley Jones will include prayers, a two-minute silence, renditions of the Last Post and Reveille and the national anthem.

This will be followed by a day of family fun in Bents Park featuring live music, children's fairground rides, stalls, motorbike and car displays, a tombola and refreshments.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Fay Cunningham will be inspecting the troops. She said: "Armed Forces Day is a fantastic opportunity for the people of South Tyneside to show their support for our local Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

"It is a fitting tribute that gives us a chance to celebrate our amazing servicemen and women whose work is so vital in the defence of our country. We also acknowledge the huge sacrifices they make for us all in protecting the UK and her interests at home and abroad while remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

"Our local event has grown to become one of the most popular and poignant events in the South Tyneside events calendar and I'm delighted to see it returning again this year.

"It will be a real honour to be representing the Borough at the event and I will be very proud to take the salute. We are looking forward to seeing the whole community come together. It's always a great family day out."

The annual event celebrates all things military, from servicemen and women past and present to their families, veterans and cadets.

The event is open to the public until 5pm. A charity donation of £3 per person is requested from those attending, who will receive a commemorative wristband. Entry is free for children under 14 accompanied by an adult. All profits go to various Armed Forces charities.

Stuart Rogerson, Chairman of the Bad-Landers Motorcycle Club, said: "Armed Forces Day is a fantastic family day out and we're looking forward to seeing South Tyneside turn out to support once again.

"With everything from a formal inspection of the troops to street entertainers, displays and live music, it is sure to be a great tribute to our armed forces community.

"We always get amazing support from the North East biking community and the money raised on the day goes a long way to supporting military charities. But it's about much more than that. It's about remembering and acknowledging that our armed forces risk their lives to keep us safe.  Let us all show our appreciation this Armed Forces Day."

A temporary road closure will be in place along Sea Road from around 9.30am to 11.30am to allow armed forces organisations to parade along to Bents Park. Signs will be in place along the route.

For further information about South Tyneside Council's support for Armed Forces visit 

Last modified: 19 June 2024 11:22