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Remembrance Services in South Tyneside

The people of South Tyneside will have a chance to pay their respects to the nation's war heroes at a series of Remembrance events across the Borough.

A number of services and parades will take place to mark Remembrance Sunday (8 November) and Armistice Day (Wednesday 11 November) when Civic dignitaries, Veterans and their families, services, uniformed organisations and members of the community will gather for quiet reflection.

The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Councillor Richard Porthouse and his wife Patricia will lead tributes in Hebburn on Remembrance Sunday.

A parade will leave Hebburn Central in Glen Street at 10am for a service taking place at St John's Church at 10.15am. The parade will then reform at 10.40am before marching to the War Memorial at Carr Ellison Park where another service will take place at 10.55am. The congregation will then head on to Hebburn Cemetery for tributes at Kelly Grave, where the Mayor will lay a wreath.

In South Shields, the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Alan Smith and his wife Moira will lead a parade at 10.30am, from South Shields Town Hall to Westoe Cenotaph, for a service starting at 10.55am.

The Mayor said: "It will be a real privilege to take part in these acts of remembrance, to pay my respects on behalf of the community and honour those brave individuals who sacrificed so much to serve their country.

"Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are poignant occasions when we should reflect and remember all those who have given their lives for the peace and freedom we all enjoy today and salute those who are still on active service around the world.

"The services provide people with an opportunity to come together for quiet and dignified reflection. I hope that as many members of the public as possible will attend one of the many events that are taking place across the Borough."

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the First World War ended and people all over the world observed a two-minute silence to show their respects and to remember the dead.

Remembrance Sunday takes place on the second Sunday of November each year to commemorate the sacrifices of members of the armed forces and of civilians in times of war, specifically since the First World War.

Traditionally poppies are worn as a symbol of remembrance and a sign of respect and wreaths of poppies are laid on war memorials.

Full details of South Tyneside events are as follows:-

Remembrance Sunday - Sunday 8 November

South Shields:

10:15am: Parade marches along Westoe Road to Westoe Cenotaph for service at 10.55am. Wreaths will be laid by the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress, Leader and Chief Executive of South Tyneside Council alongside other organisations and individuals.

Hebburn:

9.50am: The Parade Assembles at Hebburn Central before marching to St John's Church for service at 10.15am. Parade reforms and marches to Carr Ellison Park War Memorial for service at 10:55am. Parade reforms and marches to Hebburn Cemetery for short service at Kelly Grave. The Mayor will lay a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals.

Jarrow:

10:30am: Parade assembles in Walter Street, near Jarrow Town Hall, before marching to the War Memorial in Station Street for a service at 10:50am. Wreaths will be laid by Councillor Jim Perry alongside other organisations and individuals.

Whitburn:

10:40am: Parade assembles at Whitburn Parish Church before moving off towards the War Memorial in Whitburn where a service will take place at 10.55am. Councillor Tracey Dixon will lay a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals.

Cleadon:

10:50am: Service at Cleadon Village War Memorial. Councillor Jeff Milburn will lay a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals.

East Boldon:

10:15am: Parade will assemble in Grey Horse car park, before marching to St George's Church for a service. The parade will reassemble and march to the war memorial where Councillor Joan Atkinson will lay a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals.

Armistice Day - Wednesday 11 November

South Shields:-

10:30am: Service at St Stephen's Church, Mile End Road. Councillor Audrey McMillan will lay a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals.

10:30am: Assemble at the Mission to Seafarers and walk to the Merchant Navy Memorial for a service. The Deputy Mayor, Councillor Alan Smith will lay a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals.

10:50am: Assemble at War Memorial, West Park, for service. Councillor Gladys Hobson will lay a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals.

Monkton Village:

10:30am: Assemble at Lord Nelson pub before marching to the War Memorial in Monkton Village for a service. The Mayor, Councillor Richard Porthouse will lay a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals.

A series of temporary road closures and diversions will be in place during the services and parades. Road users are asked to be patient when driving around to allow the parades to take place safely. Signs will be displayed across the Borough advising motorists of the closures.

More information is available on South Tyneside Council's website at www.southtyneside.gov.uk

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