Sunderland to pay tribute to armed forces heroes

Councillor Jan Blakey, Professor John Anstee DL and Major Chris Lawton MBE of the Durham Light Infantry Association, receiving the Armed Forces Day Flag.
Councillor Jan Blakey, Professor John Anstee DL and Major Chris Lawton MBE of the Durham Light Infantry Association, receiving the Armed Forces Day Flag.
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A city will turn out to champion the contribution of its service men and women with a military parade this weekend.

Sunderland will raise the flag in recognition of the forces, as well as the part their families and communities play, as part of Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

The national celebration on Wearside will see Mayor, Councillor Barry Curran, join civic and military guests, including the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Tyne and Wear, Lt General Robin Brimms CBE, Sunderland Central MP Julie Elliot and Honorary Alderman Mark Greenfield for the flag-raising ceremony outside the council chamber at 10am.

All will be welcome to attend and join Councillor Harry Trueman, the deputy leader of Sunderland City Council and Armed Forces Champion, veteran’s groups led by Ted Hold, city ambassadors Alan Hinkes, Ram Banerjee OBE and paralympic sailor John Robertson and representatives from military regiments and associations to pay tribute. These will include 4 Regiment (Royal Artillery), Coldstream Guards Association, Royal Green Jackets Association.

The Armed Forces Flag will fly alongside the Union Flag outside Sunderland Civic Centre to help raise awareness of events and activities taking place across the country.

This includes celebrations organised by veterans at the Recreation Park in Seaburn, which begins with an opening ceremony and parade tomorrow, and closes with a free ‘Family Fun’ on Sunday with a fairground, stalls including refreshments and live music.

Coun Harry Trueman said: “This city has a close, strong relationship with our Armed Forces, and this annual flag raising is an opportunity for us all to show our thanks and continued support.

“Sunderland is very proud if its military tradition.

“Armed Forces Day provides us with the opportunity to show how much we value and appreciate the contribution and sacrifices they and their families make on our behalf.”