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Jarrow pays tribute to the fallen

South Tyneside came together at the weekend to pay their respects and view Jarrow's new war memorial.

Civic dignitaries, the Armed Forces community and members of the public gathered for the poignant service led by Father Adrian Dixon and Revd Gillian Maude to mark the official unveiling of Jarrow Town Hall's All Wars Memorial plaque.

The service was followed by the Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Alan Smith, and Albert Alderson, representative for the Jarrow and Hebburn Royal British Legion, laying wreaths as a mark of respect.

The plaque, located on the front of Jarrow Town Hall, will serve as a permanent reminder of all the men and women from Jarrow who have sacrificed their lives for their country during all conflicts.

The Mayor said: "I was honoured to officially unveil this splendid plaque to the public which commemorates those who have given their lives in all wars.

"The Mayoress and I were pleased to see the community from across the Borough and in Jarrow come together to pay their respects to honour our local heroes and reflect on the sacrifices they made."

The new war memorial, which quotes Laurence Binyon's For the Fallen poem, has been funded through the Jarrow Community Area Forum.

Councillor Jim Perry, Chairman of the Jarrow Community Area Forum, said: "It was wonderful to see local residents and the Armed Forces Community join forces to mark the unveiling of this permanent reminder of all of the men and women from Jarrow who have scarified their lives for their country during all conflicts.

"I hope that people from Jarrow and across the Borough will take the opportunity to pay their respects to the fallen at this new memorial covering all wars now it is on public display at Jarrow Town Hall."


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