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Remembrance services in South Tyneside

A series of Remembrance events will take place across South Tyneside to give residents the opportunity to pay their respects to the nation's war heroes.

A number of services and parades are being held to mark Armistice Day (Friday 11 November) and Remembrance Sunday (13 November) when Civic dignitaries, veterans and their families, uniformed organisations and members of the community will gather for quiet reflection.

The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Councillor Alan and Moira Smith, will lead tributes in South Shields on Remembrance Sunday.

A parade will leave South Shields Town Hall at 10.30am and march along Westoe Road to Westoe Cenotaph for a service at 10:55am when wreaths will be laid by the Mayor and Mayoress, the Leader and Chief Executive on behalf of South Tyneside Council.

The Mayor said: "Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are an opportunity for the community to come together for quiet and dignified reflection to remember all those who have sacrificed so such for this country and salute those who are currently serving.

"The people of South Tyneside, young and old, always support these events in great numbers, and as Mayor, it will be a real privilege to take part in these acts of remembrance, to pay my respects on behalf of local people."

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 respect and to remember the fallen.

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 as a sign of respect and wreaths of poppies are laid on war memorials.

Full details of South Tyneside events are as follows: -

Armistice Day - Friday 11 November

South Shields:

10:30am: Service at St Stephen's Church, Mile End Road. Councillor Audrey McMillian to 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 Olive Punchion, will lay a wreath alongside other organisation and individuals.

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

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

Remembrance Sunday - Sunday 13 November

South Shields:

10:30am: Parade will assemble on Beach Road at South Shields Town Hall before marching along Westoe Road to Westoe Cenotaph for service at 10:55am. Wreaths will be laid by the Mayor and Mayoress, the Leader and Chief Executive of South Tyneside Council, alongside other organisations and individuals.

Hebburn:
10am: The parade Assembles at Hebburn Central before marching to St John's Church for a service at 10.15am. Parade reforms and marches to Carr Ellison Park for a short service at the War Memorial. Parade reforms once more and marches to Hebburn Cemetery for a short service at Kelly Grave. Councillor Alan Kerr, the Deputy Leader of South Tyneside Council, will lay a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals.

Jarrow:
10.40am: Parade assembles outside of Jarrow Town Hall, before marching to the War Memorial in Station Street for a service at 10.50am. Wreaths will be laid by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Olive Punchion, 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. Councillor Tracey Dixon will lay a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals.

Cleadon:
10:50am: Service at Cleadon Village War Memorial. Councillor Margaret Meling 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.

A series of temporary road closures and diversions will be in place during the services and parades. Drivers 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.

For more information please visit www.southtyneside.gov.uk.

 

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