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Jarrow Normandy Veterans Lay Up Their Standard

The Mayor, Fay Cunningham, is pictured with Bob Douglas, Chairman of the 103 branch of the Normandy Veterans Association and the Rev Gillian Maude, Priest in Charge in the Parish of Jarrow.,

A new home has been found for the Standard of the Jarrow Branch of the Normandy Veterans Association.

The Standard will be laid up in St Paul's Church in Jarrow at a special service on Saturday, 9 May at 4pm.

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Fay Cunningham, who will attend the service, said: "This occasion will provide an opportunity to commemorate and remember the heroic sacrifices made by the Normandy Veterans for the liberation of so many.

"I do hope people will come along to pay their respects to those who paid the ultimate price and honour those on active service in areas of conflict around the world."

The Mayor, who is also Honorary Secretary of the Jarrow Normandy Veterans Association, added: "The beautiful, holy building of St Paul's is a fitting home for the Standard and will be treasured by the people of Jarrow.

"It will serve as a constant reminder of the sacrifice made by these men so that people today can live in peace and freedom."

Although the national Normandy Veterans Association disbanded last year due to dwindling numbers, the Jarrow 103 branch will continue to meet and organise social activities for veterans of the Normandy campaign, their friends and families.

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