Borough comes to a standstill to honour the fallen

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Hundreds of people joined veterans and service personnel to honour those who lost their lives fighting for their country.

Four services took place in Whitley Bay, Benton, North Shields and Wallsend as part of Remembrance Sunday to remember the men and women who had fallen during wars over the years.

Dignitaries, veterans and members of the public pay their respects at the Remembrance Sunday service in Whitley Bay. Picture by John Tuttiett.

Dignitaries, veterans and members of the public pay their respects at the Remembrance Sunday service in Whitley Bay. Picture by John Tuttiett.

At Whitley Bay, wreaths were laid by Tynemouth MP Alan Campbell, North Tyneside Council chairman Coun Gary Bell, cadets, youngsters and other invited guests.

They were all joined in a two minute silence by members of the public who had turned up at the war memorial on The Links.

Young air cadets from Longbenton laid a special poppy wreath, joined North Tyneside MP Mary Glindon and deputy North Tyneside Council chairman Coun Dave McGarr.

The young air cadets designed and created their own poppy wreath which was laid at the Longbenton War Memorial by 15 year-old cadet, Alexander Sample, of Forest Hall.

He said: “After learning about the conflict we had to design our own wreath. It has the flags of the different countries involved and it is captures the moment in history that the First World War ended; symbolising peace.”

Commanding Officer, Flight Lieutenant Gary Richardson said: “The exercises that the young people have participated in have allowed them identify some of the causes of and consequences of wars, summarise their findings and represent what the poppy means in their own way.

“I am tremendously proud of the way in which the young people have engaged and at how they have shouldered their responsibility to show their gratitude in such a moving and mature manner.”