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Special Service to Mark First World War Centenary

A special church service and ceremony will take place in South Tyneside to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War.

Civic dignitaries, local MPs, the Armed Forces community and members of the public will come together for the service to pay tribute to those who served in the conflict as part of a national day of commemorations.

The church service is being held on Monday 4 August - the centenary of the day the conflict started - at 7pm, in St Hilda's Church in Market Place, South Shields. It willbe led by Rev Chris Fuller.

This will be followed by Beating the Retreat military ceremony at 8pm at South Shields Town Hall, with music from101 Northumbrian Regiment Pipe Band.

Members of the public are welcome to attend the church service and beating the retreat.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Fay Cunningham said: "It is really important for people to remember what happened during the First World War. Although it was 100 years ago, it is still relevant today with our British troops continuing to play a vital role in peacekeeping missions all over the world."

The event has been organised by the South Tyneside Armed Forces Forum and it just one of thousands of events taking place across the nation on 4 August to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the start of First World War.

Councillor Ed Malcolm, South Tyneside's Armed Forces Champion, said: "The Great War had a far reaching impact. It changed the face of Britain and the lives of so many people, not just soldiers and their families, but all those who contributed to the war effort.

"This important anniversary will see the whole country come together to reflect and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

"Here in South Tyneside, we are holding this special service and ceremony to give local people an opportunity to pay tribute and honour the many people who lost their lives during the four year conflict. This occasion will also help to raise awareness among our younger generations of the significance of this key event in world history."

The service and ceremony on Monday 4th August is the first of a series of events taking place in South Tyneside over the next four years to mark the centenary of the First World War.

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