Solemn tribute to the fallen

The North-East will unite this weekend to pay its respects to those who have lost their lives in war.

A soldier at a war memorial on Remembrance Day

The North-East will unite this weekend to pay its respects to those who have lost their lives in war.

Services and parades will take place across the region for Remembrance Day, observing a two minute silence, at 11am on the eleventh day of the eleventh month.

Events are being held tomorrow and Sunday, with civic dignitaries joining veterans groups and families of the war dead. Major events will see the Lord Mayor of Newcastle lead a service at the war memorial in Old Eldon Square on Sunday at 11am, followed by a march through the city centre.

Sunderland's Seaburn Centre will host a Concert of Remembrance tonight, for which tickets have sold out, then on Sunday the city will host the biggest parade in the country outside London, from Sunderland Civic Centre at 10.30am.

The North East Coast Anti-War Group will be remember lives lost in Iraq and Afghanistan and give out white poppies in Whitley Bay, North Tyneside, today.

Services over the weekend


South Tyneside - 10.30am: Armistice Day Service, Mission to Seamen, Mill Dam, South Shields.

North Tyneside - 11am: Civic Service of Remembrance at the White Swan Centre, Killingworth.

Durham - 11am: Remembrance Service outside Durham Town Hall.

Sunderland - 7pm Concert of Remembrance at the Seaburn centre (sold out).

Alnwick - 11am: Maroons will be fired from Amble, Rothbury and Alnwick to signify the start and finish of the two- minute silence.



11am: Service at the war memorial at Old Eldon Square at 11am. A two-minute silence will be followed by a march by representatives from the Territorial Army, Cadets and veterans from the Second World War past Grey's Monument. Veterans taking part in the parade should meet at 10.15am on Leazes Lane, off Percy Street.

10am: St Nicholas Cathedral will hold its Eucharist Service as normal, followed directly by a Remembrance Service.

11.30am: St Mary's Cathedral will hold its usual mass incorporating a Remembrance Service.

South Tyneside

9.30am: Parade and Service of Remembrance, St John's Church, Hebburn.

10.30am: Parade and Service of Remembrance, Westoe War Memorial, South Shields.

10.30am: Parade and Service of Remembrance, War Memorial, Jarrow.

10.40am: Parade and Service of Remembrance, War Memorial, Whitburn.

North Tyneside

10.30am: Parade from the Forest Hall Ex-Servicemen's Institute at 10.30am to St Bartholomew's, Longbenton, for a service at 11am at the War Memorial.

10.35am: March from the town hall, Wallsend, to a service at the Burns Closes War Memorial which begins at 11am.

10.40am: Parade from the forecourt of Tyne Metropolitan College, North Shields, to a service at the War Memorial, Hawkey's Lane, at 11am.

2.30pm: Parade from the Royal British Legion, Victoria Terrace, Whitley Bay, at 2.30pm, and march to the War Memorial, The Links, for a service at 3pm.

10.15am, Remembrance Service, Durham Cathedral.


10.15am: Remembrance Day Parade from the Civic Centre, arriving at St Mary's and St Cuthbert's Parish Church for a service starting at 10.45am.


10.30am: Remembrance Parade and Service at the War Memorial at Sunderland Civic Centre.


10.50am: Service at the war memorial, Beaumont Street, followed by service at Hexham Abbey at 11.30am.


10.35am: A Civic Parade will leave the Town Hall, with a march led by Morpeth Pipe Band along Bridge Street, across Telford Bridge, Castle Square and Castle Bank. The Act of Remembrance takes place at Morpeth Cenotaph at 10.55am, followed by a parade back to the Town Hall.


10.15am: Service at the Colliery Memorial followed by a march to Memorial Park for a longer service.


10.15am: Parade leaves the British Legion Headquarters from Heaton Road to arrive at Library Gardens for a 10.30am service.


2.30pm: Afternoon service on Front Street.


2.30pm: Service at St Paul's Roman Catholic Church, Percy Street.


10.45am: War Memorial Service and laying of wreaths followed by a parade to Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, High Street, for church service.


2.30pm: Church service at All Saints' Church, followed by the laying of wreaths at the War Memorial.


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