Hundreds of people are expected to gather across South Tyneside to pay tribute to the nation's war heroes at a series of Remembrance services taking place next weekend.
A number of services and parades are being held to mark Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday (11 November), when civic dignitaries, veterans, their families and uniformed organisations will join members of the community to gather for quiet reflection.
The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Ken Stephenson and the Mayoress Cathy Stephenson will lead the tributes in South Shields.
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 Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield OBE, the Mayor and Mayoress and the Leader, Councillor Iain Malcolm and Chief Executive, Martin Swales, on behalf of South Tyneside Council.
The Mayor said: "As Mayor of South Tyneside, it will be a great honour and privilege to attend this year's Remembrance services, pay my respects on behalf of the local community and remember those who have served their country. It is particularly poignant as we mark this historic year - 100 years since the end of the First World War.
"These events are occasions to reflect and remember all those who have sacrificed so much for this country and given their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. It is also a chance to salute those armed forces personnel who are still on active service around the world.
"The services provide an opportunity for the community to come together for quiet and dignified reflection. I hope that as many people as possible will attend one of the many services being held 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 respect and to remember the fallen.
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 and Remembrance events:
Friday 9 November:
- 10:50am, West Park, South Shields: Assemble at War Memorial, West Park, in South Shields for service. Councillor Norman Dick will lay a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals.
Sunday 11 November:
- Westoe - 10:15am: 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 Lord-Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Mrs Susan Winfield OBE, the Mayor and Mayoress and the Leader and Chief Executive of South Tyneside Council alongside other organisations and individuals.
- Mill Dam - 10:30am: Assemble at the Mission to Seafarers in Mill Dam and walk to the Merchant Navy Memorial for a service. Councillor John Anglin will lay a wreath alongside other organisation and individuals.
- Mile End Road - 10:15am: Service at St Stephen's Church, Mile End Road. Councillor Audrey McMillan will lay a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals.
- Town Centre - 10am: The parade Assembles at Hebburn Central in Glen Street, 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 John McCabe will lay a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals.
- Town Centre - 10.30am: Parade assembles outside of Jarrow Town Hall, in Grange Road, before marching to the War Memorial in Station Street for a service at 10.55am. Wreaths will be laid by the Deputy Mayor, Councillor Norman Dick alongside other organisations and individuals.
- Monkton Village - 10:40am: Parade assembles in Monkton Lane before marching to the War Memorial in Monkton Village for a service. The Deputy Leader, Councillor Alan Kerr will lay wreaths alongside other organisations and individuals.
- 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.
- 10:50am: Service at Cleadon Village War Memorial in Front Street. Councillor Jeff Milburn will lay a wreath alongside other organisations and individuals.
- 10:15am: Parade will assemble in Grey Horse pub 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