Residents across South Tyneside gathered today (Friday 11 November) to honour those who have died in conflict while serving their country.
Hundreds of people attended a number of Armistice Day events held across South Tyneside to mark the somber occasion along with civic dignitaries, veterans, their families and uniformed organisations.
The Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside, Councillor Alan and Councillor Moira Smith, led tributes in Monkton Village with a parade from Lord Nelson Pub to the War Memorial for a service. The Mayor laid a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals.
Armistice Day services were also held in South Shields at St Stephen's Church in Mile End Road, the Merchant Navy Memorial at Mill Dam - where the Deputy Mayoress, Councillor Olive Punchion laid a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals - and the War Memorial at West Park, South Shields.
The Mayor said: "I was honoured to lead the Borough's tributes on Armistice Day in Hebburn and to pay my respects on behalf of South Tyneside's residents.
"As the Borough's first citizen, I was taken aback by how many of South Tyneside's communities came together to show their pride and to pay their respects to those who have sacrificed so much, in current and past conflicts, to protect the freedoms we enjoy today.
"This poignant occasion is a chance to recognise the vital work of the Armed Forces across the globe as well as remember those who have fallen. Armistice Day also serves as a source of encouragement to the families of Armed Forces personnel that their sacrifices continue to be remembered and will never be forgotten."
A number of services and parades will take place to mark Remembrance Sunday(13 November)providing residents with the opportunity to gather for quiet reflection.
Full details of South Tyneside's Remembrance Sunday events are as follows: -
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.