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Great War Commemorations Top Committee Agenda

Events in South Tyneside to mark the centenary of the outbreak of World War One will come under the spotlight when a Council committee meets on Tuesday (6 October).

South Tyneside Council's Overview & Scrutiny Co-ordinating & Call-In Committee will receive a presentation outlining some of the local commemorative events which were held as part of national celebrations to mark 100 years since Britain entered the World War One conflict in 1914.

A number of events have taken place over the past 12 months in South Tyneside which have seen civic dignitaries, the Armed Forces community and members of the public come together to remember and reflect on The Great War.

These have included exhibitions and displays, church services and new memorials in memory of Victoria Cross hero Private Henry Robson and 'the Man with the Donkey' John Simpson Kirkpatrick, alongside annual celebrations to mark Anzac Day and Armed Forces Day.

When they meet on Tuesday, members will be given an overview of the events as well as discuss plans to celebrate the end of the war, 100 years on, in 2018.

Committee chairman Councillor Rob Dix said: "World War One changed the face of the country over the four years it took place. It is important to recognise this and remember the huge contribution and sacrifices of all those who played their part in the conflict.

"A number of events have been held across South Tyneside to mark this historic occasion, giving local people the opportunity to come together to pay their respects.

"We look forward to hearing about the events to date and talking about how we commemorate another historic occasion - the day the end of the war was declared in November 1918."

The Committee will also continue it's in depth work examining the issue of regional devolution and exploring the potential opportunities and risks new powers to the North East could bring to South Tyneside communities.

Members will hear from the North East Combined Authority about transport policy and the Council's Strategic Development Team as part of its consultation with partners.

Members of the press and public are invited to attend the next meeting of the Overview & Scrutiny Co-ordinating & Call-In Committee, which takes place on Tuesday 6 October, at 10am, at Jarrow Town Hall.

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