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Honouring the Heroes on ANZAC Day

Local dignitaries will join forces with schoolchildren from across South Tyneside next Thursday (25 April) in a special ceremony to remember members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC).

 

 

The Mayor of South Tyneside, Councillor Ken Stephenson, and Mayoress Cathy Stephenson will lay a wreath at the John Simpson Kirkpatrick memorial statue on Ocean Road and will lead a one minute silence at 11am in memory of those who fought at Galipoli in the First World War.

 

Children from Lord Blyton, and Stanhope primary schools will also be at the service which will be led by Canon Miller.

 

South Shields-born John 'Jack' Kirkpatrick used a donkey he had befriended to rescue hundreds of Australian and New Zealand soldiers. He was killed by a sniper's bullet in 1915 at the age of just 22. His acts of heroism inspired generations of people and he is still highly regarded in Australia where his amazing story is told to schoolchildren.

 

The Mayor said: "John Kirkpatrick is quite rightly a hero in Australia but he is also a son of South Shields so it is only right that we honour him and all the other service personnel who lost their lives during the First World War.

 

"I am sure it will be a poignant event as people gather to recognise the contribution members of the Armed Forces have made, and continue to make, in conflicts around the globe."

 

Everyone is welcome to attend the service and pay their respects.

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