Tommy Soldier Silhouette Dedicated in South Tyneside
The sacrifice made by those who took part in the First World War was remembered this week when a Tommy Silhouette was unveiled in South Tyneside.
The figure is part of the 'There But Not There' project, a national art installation which represents the fallen British and Commonwealth First World War soldiers within the communities they left behind.
The bespoke Tommy figure, the only three metre Tommy outside of London, was funded by BT South Tyneside. The silhouette will join a number of other Perspex Tommy soldiers which have been displayed across the Borough as part of the commemorations, though these particular Perspex Tommy silhouettes were a temporary touring exhibition which is no longer in the Borough.
The silhouette, which stands proud at Haven Point, was dedicated on Friday, 19 July to coincide with the 100th anniversary of Peace Day in 1919. Peace Day marked the end of the First World War and saw communities across the country come together to celebrate this momentous day.
As part of the dedication service, there was a poetry reading, a speech from the Mayor, and the unveiling of the plaque while buglers played the military call to honour the fallen heroes.
The Mayor, Councillor Norman Dick, who was a veteran himself and wore his robes and medals on the day, said: "This silhouette is another way that we can place on record our thanks to past and current members of the Armed Forces and encourage our younger generations to never forget the sacrifices they made so that they can enjoy freedom today."
Councillor Ed Malcolm, Chairman of South Tyneside Armed Forces Forum, added: "The impact of the First World War has shaped the UK with most people being connected to the war in one way or another. We were keen to have a permanent memorial installed to honour the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country and we believe Tommy is the perfect fit."