New tribute to Sunderland’s fallen ahead of Remembrance parade

Troops parade at last year's Remembrance service.
Troops parade at last year's Remembrance service.
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A new tribute to Sunderland’s fallen will be unveiled after this Sunday’s Remembrance parade.

Sunderland Armed Forces Network (SAFN) has gained funding to provide a memorial seat in Mowbray Park, close to the city’s cenotaph.

Those visits can be emotionally draining and this will allow visitors a chance to sit and gather their thoughts. The seat is being placed with easy access of the Cenotaph and is a commemoration to those who have served their country.

Graham Hall

Funding was provided by the city council’s East Area Committee.

SAFN Chairman Graham Hall said: “ Having been involved with most aspects of Remembrance and other events to commemorate our armed forces community, it has been apparent that there has never been anywhere for visitors to the Cenotaph and The Brothers In Arms Wall to sit.

“Those visits can be emotionally draining and this will allow visitors a chance to sit and gather their thoughts. The seat is being placed with easy access of the Cenotaph and is a commemoration to those who have served their country.

“It will also act as a reminder to all of the sacrifices that have been made to allow people to have their freedom and security which is all too often is taken for granted.”

Although the design will not be revealed until the day, the seat is focused on the ongoing First World War commemorations.

Mayor Coun Barry Curran will unveil the seat immediately after the two minutes silence at 11am.

Sunday’s parade starts at 10.35am from the Civic Centre and will be led by The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals and the Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band.

Veteran Ted Hold, President of the Sunderland Branch of the Parachute Regimental Association, will read the first four verses of the famous war poem For the Fallen before silence.