Sunderland to remember fallen heroes with Remembrance Sunday parades

Last year's remembrance parade in Sunderland city centre.

Last year's remembrance parade in Sunderland city centre.

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HUNDREDS of serving members of the armed forces will pay tribute to fallen colleagues at this year’s Remembrance Sunday parades.

Plans are being finalised for a poignant remembrance parade from Sunderland Civic Centre to the city’s War Memorial in Burdon Road.

Units taking part this year include the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, 4th Regiment Royal Artillery, 9th Army Air Corps, 1st Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers (REME), Guards 25 Platoon and the 2nd Infantry Training Battalion. They will be joined by hundreds of veterans from past conflicts.

The parade on Sunday, November 9, is being led by the Band of T.S. Collingwood, South Shields Sea Cadets and the Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band.

“Remembrance Sunday is an opportunity for everyone in Sunderland to pay tribute to those who fought in conflicts past and present, and the many who gave up their lives for their country,” Sunderland Mayor Stuart Porthouse said.

Veteran Ted Hold, 93, will recite the first four verses of ‘For the Fallen’ before the two-minute silence, followed by veteran Len Gibson reciting the Far Eastern Prisoner of War Prayer before the wreath laying.

The parade culminates in a march past of veterans and serving members of Her Majesty’s forces, with a salute taken outside the steps of the Sunderland Museum.

Road closures are in place from 9.30am and members of the public are asked to be at the war memorial by 10.15am.

Meanwhile, regiments including 1st Battalion Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers, the Parachute Regiment, Royal Military Police, Northumbrian University Officer Training Corps, and trainees from the Infantry Training Centre Catterick Garrison, including Rifles Training Company, will take part in the Remembrance Sunday parade in Durham City.

The parade will march through the market place just after 11.30am with the Salute being taken by the Lord Lieutenant of Durham Sue Snowdon, and the Mayor of Durham City Coun John Robinson.