WATCH: Sunderland falls silent for Armistice Day

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Sunderland fell silent today to remember Armistice Day on the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day, of the eleventh month.

Crowds young and old gathered at the War Memorial in Burdon Road to honour those who fought for our freedom.

Armistice Day service at Sunderland Cenotaph & War Memorial

Armistice Day service at Sunderland Cenotaph & War Memorial

Maroons were set off in Mowbray Park to mark the beginning of the two-minute silence at 11am.

The explosives were then heard again at 11.02am to bring the observance to an end.

Representatives from various armed forces were joined by veterans, councillors, members of the public and children.

One of those marking the importance of the day was one of Sunderland’s oldest war veterans, Jack Watson.

From a personal point of view, I lost a grandfather at the Somme, on day one. He was one of the thousands, whose bodies were never found

The Mayor of Sunderland, Alan Emerson

The 93-year-old, from Silksworth, served in the 75th Shropshire Yeomanry during the Second World War.

He said: “It’s great to be here, really great.”

Sunderland Mayor Alan Emerson who presided over the service, said afterwards: “I think it’s very emotional – it brings back many thoughts and memories.

“From a personal point of view, I lost a grandfather at the Somme, on day one.

Hundreds turn out for a two minute silence at the Tommy statue in Seaham today for Armistice day . Photo Owen Humphreys, PA.

Hundreds turn out for a two minute silence at the Tommy statue in Seaham today for Armistice day . Photo Owen Humphreys, PA.

“He was one of the thousands, whose bodies were never found.

“Also in our local village, a family that I know – whose name is on the wall here – Sergeant John Amer, who is a Coldstream guardsman, who was killed in Afghanistan.

“So yes, there are many poignant memories.”

Armistice Day commemorates the symbolic end of the First World War, at 11am on 11 November 1918, with the signing of the agreement between the Allies and Germany, which brought hostilities on the Western Front to an end.

Armistice Day service at Sunderland Cenotaph & War Memorial

Armistice Day service at Sunderland Cenotaph & War Memorial

The city’s annual Remembrance Service and Parade will be held in the same location on Sunday.

In Seaham, hundreds turned out to mark the day in a poignant service in the shadow of the town’s Tommy statue.

A sea of red and black pebbles were laid in the shape of a poppy at Tommy’s feet.

Armistice Day service at Sunderland Cenotaph & War Memorial
Dame Dorothy Primary School pupils

Armistice Day service at Sunderland Cenotaph & War Memorial Dame Dorothy Primary School pupils

Armistice Day service at Sunderland Cenotaph & War Memorial
75th Shropshire Yeomanry veteran Jack Watson aged 93

Armistice Day service at Sunderland Cenotaph & War Memorial 75th Shropshire Yeomanry veteran Jack Watson aged 93