Medals are presented to war veterans

National Armed Forces anniversary event in Tynemouth.
Albert Mead from North Shields and who served in the Royal Signals, Ann Baines, daughter of Edward from North Shields and Martin Allen from 81 Signal Squadron and who lives in Monkseaton with their awards.
Picture by Jane Coltman
National Armed Forces anniversary event in Tynemouth. Albert Mead from North Shields and who served in the Royal Signals, Ann Baines, daughter of Edward from North Shields and Martin Allen from 81 Signal Squadron and who lives in Monkseaton with their awards. Picture by Jane Coltman

War veterans have been presented with medals in recognition of their service to their country.

The veterans and service personnel were joined by families and civic dignitaries for the special flag-raising ceremony and medal presentation to launch National Armed Forces anniversary events.

National Armed Forces anniversary event in Tynemouth.
Picture by Jane Coltman

National Armed Forces anniversary event in Tynemouth. Picture by Jane Coltman

The borough has been flying the Armed Forces flag all week in the lead up to National Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

At the special event on Monday, Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Sue Winfield presented six Armed Forces Day badges to veterans and two service medals to soldiers from 216 Royal Logistic Corps Volunteers who have served in Afghanistan.

Organised by North Tyneside Council, with the support of North Tyneside War Veterans Committee, the event took place at the Tynemouth Army Reserve Centre in Tynemouth.

Mayor Norma Redfearn said: “Here in North Tyneside we recognise the contribution of all those who serve and who have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces.

National Armed Forces anniversary event in Tynemouth.
Picture by Jane Coltman

National Armed Forces anniversary event in Tynemouth. Picture by Jane Coltman

“As a council, I believe it is important to work closely with the ex-service community and I am pleased to say that North Tyneside has a special relationship with its veterans having previously awarding the Freedom of the Borough to the two branches of the Royal British Legion – Forest Hall and North Shields, Whitley Bay and District – and North Tyneside Veterans Committee.

“In relaying appreciation of the personal sacrifices these individuals have made, I am delighted to have taken part in the presentation of the Armed Forces Day badges which was launched in 2004 to raise the profile of veterans.”

“It symbolises the motif of all of our armed forces as a way of uniting veterans and igniting public recognition of veteran contribution to society.”

This year marks significant anniversaries including the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of the Somme and the Battle of Jutland.

National Armed Forces anniversary event in Tynemouth.
Picture by Jane Coltman

National Armed Forces anniversary event in Tynemouth. Picture by Jane Coltman