War heroes given badges of honour

North Tyneside Council launching Armed Forces Day with a flag raising ceremony that was followed by presenting veteran lapel badges to ex-service personnel.  Terrence Latimer who was presented with a badge.
North Tyneside Council launching Armed Forces Day with a flag raising ceremony that was followed by presenting veteran lapel badges to ex-service personnel. Terrence Latimer who was presented with a badge.

WAR heroes in North Tyneside have been honoured for serving their country.

An event was held on Monday as a tribute to the borough’s military veterans, and they were also presented with badges commemorating their service.

It was organised by North Tyneside Council, with help from the borough’s veterans’ committee, to mark Armed Forces Day this Saturday.

More than 30 veterans attended the event at the council’s Quadrant headquarters in North Shields.

Mayor Linda Arkley, one of those there to honour the veterans, said: “We owe these people so much, and North Tyneside Council is delighted to be able to pay tribute to those brave men and women who have served in her majesty’s armed forces.

“The lapel badge and presentation ceremony is our way of showing how incredibly proud we are of our veterans and the service they have given to this country.”

Retired major Bill Campbell, chairman and treasurer of the veterans’ committee, added: “Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for the entire nation to support our armed forces community.

“The recent conflict in Afghanistan has already claimed the lives of four people from North Tyneside, and this ceremony is the least we can do to honour those who are willing to pay the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedom.

“We couldn’t hold the day without the wonderful support we receive from North Tyneside Council.

“Thanks to their help, we can honour our ex-service personnel in this way.”

This year’s nationwide Armed Forces Day, a successor to the Veterans’ Day launched in 2006, will be the third.

For details, go to www.armedforcesday.org.uk