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Tree Planting to Commemorate Heroes

The Chairman of Jarrow Normandy Veterans, Robert Douglas, is pictured with the Mayor of South Tyneside, Cllr Richard Porthouse.

A lasting tribute has been paid to the men of South Tyneside who helped secure freedom in World War Two.

A number of English oak trees have been planted in Jubilee Woods in Jarrow in the presence of Normandy veterans to mark and remember their service and that of fellow ex-servicemen.

A memorial plaque was unveiled by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse and the Chairman of Jarrow Normandy Veterans Bob Douglas.

The Mayor 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."

He added: "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."

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