Sell-out hope for heroes gathering at Sunderland Stadium of Light

Pictured at the Brothers in Arms Memorial Wall, Burdon Road, Sunderland on Thursday are l-r Tom and Carla Cuthbertson, Paul Delaney of Scotts Memorials, Linda Fisken, Janice Murray and Brenda Gooch.
Pictured at the Brothers in Arms Memorial Wall, Burdon Road, Sunderland on Thursday are l-r Tom and Carla Cuthbertson, Paul Delaney of Scotts Memorials, Linda Fisken, Janice Murray and Brenda Gooch.
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A CELEBRATION to mark the official unveiling of the Brothers in Arms memorial is expected to be a sell-out.

The black-tie event at the Stadium of Light next month has been organised to mark the completion of the monument, which is dedicated to Sunderland’s fallen heroes.

More than 300 guests, including members of the MoD, Armed Forces’ personnel and their families, the city mayor, and former Sunderland AFC chairman Sir Bob Murray, will pack the venue’s banqueting suite to enjoy a host of music and entertainment.

Tom Cuthbertson, who helped raise funds for the memorial, is organising the evening.

“It has taken a while to organise the event, but we hope it will be worth it,” he said.

“The tickets have been selling really well.

“We started with 350 and we’ve only got about 50 left.

“We’ve got people coming from all over the country.

“All the funds will go toward the upkeep of the memorial.”

The memorial was the vision of a group of parents and relations who lost their loved ones in battle.

In little more than two years of dedicated fund-raising and hard work, Brothers In Arms’ dream of building a wall to honour the courage of service personnel stands complete in the city’s Mowbray Park.

The touching tribute is made up of about 20 granite plinths that bear the names of 18 service personnel who have been killed in active service or training accidents since 1946.

Standing next to Sunderland Cenotaph in Burdon Road, the memorial wall will be unveiled on the fitting time of 11am on November 11 – 11/11/11.

Tom, 41, of Tunstall, whose 19-year-old paratrooper son, Nathan, was killed while serving his country in Afghanistan in 2008, said: “We’re hoping to get quite a good turn-out for the official unveiling on the afternoon.

“We want as many people as possible to come down and take part in the event.”

Tickets for the event at the Stadium of Light, which takes place at 7pm on November 11, are £25 and tables of 12 are available.

It includes a three-course meal, champagne reception and entertainment.

For more details email chelci.evans@sky.com.

To donate, make cheques payable to the Brothers in Arms Appeal and post them to Thompson House, Commercial Road, Sunderland, SR2 8QR.

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