Sunderland players to honour fallen at Everton match

A period of silence is observed by both teams in honour of Remembrance Sunday before the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, on Sunday November 10 last year.
A period of silence is observed by both teams in honour of Remembrance Sunday before the Barclays Premier League match at the Stadium of Light, Sunderland, on Sunday November 10 last year.
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SUNDERLAND players will honour the fallen with a two-minute silence.

The Black Cats take on Everton tomorrow and will be joined by more than 2,000 serving military personnel, veterans groups and families of soldiers who have lost their lives in the service of their country, in what will be SAFC’s biggest-ever military tribute.

The game kicks off at 1.30pm and fans are asked to take their seats early to ensure that the silence is observed in the appropriate manner.

Meanwhile, transport chiefs have decorated Park Lane Interchange with a display of poppies ahead of tomorrow’s Remembrance Services.

It features large vinyl poppies mounted on to panels.

Metro staff have also joined ranks with Royal British Legion veterans and volunteers for a Poppy Appeal collection in Sunderland.

Staff from DB Regio, which operates the Metro on behalf of Nexus, joined collectors to fund-raise for the appeal at Park Lane Interchange. Soldiers and volunteer veterans from the Northumbria branch of the Royal British Legion will be out in force at both stations over the weekend to talk to passengers about the appeal and hand out commemorative poppies.

Sharon Kelly, director of customer services and operations at DB Regio Tyne and Wear, said: “DB Regio are extremely pleased to work with the Royal British Legion who are dedicated and passionate about their charity work, and Metro’s Poppy Appeal would not be the same without their help. The generosity of passengers has been extraordinary so far.

“I’d like to thank our passengers for their kind donations for this fantastic cause.”

Rachel Hardwick, community fund-raiser (Northumbria), Poppy Appeal organiser, added: “This year the Royal British Legion is aiming to raise £40million during the appeal, to support the British Armed Forces past and present, and their families.”