War heroes honoured at special event

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War heroes from North Tyneside were honoured on Monday at a special celebration to mark Armed Forces Day.

The event, held at North Tyneside Council’s headquarters on Monday, included the presentation of lapel badges to around 20 veterans who have served as far afield as Sarawak, Korea and Borneo.

A celebration of North Tyneside war heroes held at North Tyneside Council, Cobalt Business Park.'REF 2406130460

A celebration of North Tyneside war heroes held at North Tyneside Council, Cobalt Business Park.'REF 2406130460

This year commemorates 60 years since the end of the Korean War and 50 years since the start of the Borneo confrontation.

The ceremony began with elected mayor Norma Redfearn raising the Armed Forces Day flag, followed by a bugler, officer salute and Northumbrian piper.

Guests then moved inside to the council chamber for a choir performance by St Bartholomew’s School, before Major (Rtd) Bill Campbell presented the badges, accompanied by the Lord Lieutenant Nigel Sherlock, the mayor and chairman of the council – Coun Janet Hunter.

The service forms part of a programme of events that have been arranged for the lead up to, and including, national Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 29.