PLANS have been revealed for this year’s Remembrance Parade and Service in Sunderland.
The event on Sunday, November 10, will see hundreds of serving members of the armed forces travel from across the UK to take part.
It will be led by the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band and the Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band, with the march to head from the Civic Centre to the War Memorial in Burdon Road.
Units taking part include the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, 4th Regiment Royal Artillery and 3rd Regiment Royal Medical Corps, who will be joined by contingents from 9th Army Air Corps, The Light Dragoons and The Coldstream Guards.
Mayor of Sunderland Bob Heron said: “The sad loss of those young men from this city who have lost their lives in recent conflicts will be especially close to our hearts as we remember all those who have paid the ultimate price.”
Veteran Ted Hold, president of the Sunderland branch of the Parachute Regimental Association, will recite verses of poem For the Fallen before a two minute silence.
Len Gibson, a member of 125 Anti Tank Regiment Royal Artillery and a prisoner of war on the Death Railway, will then recite the Far Eastern Prisoner of War Prayer before the wreath laying.
A guest at the ceremony will be Joel Batteux, mayor of Sunderland’s twin town Saint-Nazaire, who is attending the day before he receives the Freedom of the City.
The parade will culminate in a march of veterans and serving members of Her Majesty’s Forces, with a salute taken by Colonel Jeremy Hughes.
People are advised to be in place at the memorial by 10.15am and limited seating and access to the disabled platform are available from 9am.
Parking in the Civic Centre car will be free.
Road closures are in place from 9.30am, with access to Civic Car Park from Park Lane only after this point.