Crew members of Sunderland's newly affiliated submarine ready to turn out for city's Remembrance Day parade
The crew of Sunderland's newly affiliated submarine will be among servicemen and women who will join veterans for the Remembrance Day parade on the city's streets.
They will include the crew of HMS Anson, Sunderland's newly affiliated submarine following the decommission of amphibious assault ship HMS Ocean.
It is due to enter service in 2020.The parade, one of the largest outside of London, will also be attended by Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Gavin MacFarlane Black, CBE, DL, the Mayor of Sunderland, Councillor Lynda Scanlan, and Colonel Andrew Hadfield, who will be taking the Salute.Also attending is former Coldstream Guardsman and George Medal hero Andrew Norton, who was badly injured saving the life of a colleague in a land mine explosion in Aden in 1964. The parade is being led by The Band of the Royal Corps of Signals and Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band with music provided during the service by Shiney Row Male Voice Choir. Sunderland's adopted regiment, 4 Regiment Royal Artillery is once again providing the largest contingent in the parade.
It is also providing two field guns which will be fired from the terrace in Mowbray Park to signal the start and finish of the two minute silence at 11 am.
Other services represented include the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, RAF Boulmer, The Ghurkhas, 5 Armoured Medical Regiment, 101 Regiment Royal Artillery and Tamera Pl Para Coy Infantry Training Centre Catterick.
Veteran George Waller who served in the RAF in the Second World War will recite the first four verses of the famous war poem 'For the Fallen' before the two minute silence.
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He will be followed by veteran Len Gibson, a member of 125 Anti Tank Regiment Royal Artillery who was a prisoner of war on the notorious ‘Death Railway’ in Burma who will recite the Far Eastern Prisoner Prayer before the wreath laying.
Councillor Scanlan, said: "This year more than any other year, Remembrance Sunday is an opportunity for the whole city and the whole community to come together to pay tribute to all those who fought in conflicts past and present, and those who gave up their lives for their country.
"I think this year's Remembrance Service and Parade will be particularly poignant, coming as it does 100 years to the day since the signing of the Armistice that ended the war.
"But it's also important that we pay tribute to all those who serve in the forces today and let them know how much we appreciate what they do and the sacrifices they make on our behalf, especially the young men from our city who have given their lives so bravely in recent conflicts." Following the service and wreath-laying, the parade will end in a march past of veterans and serving members of Her Majesty's Forces.
The salute will be taken by Colonel Andrew Hadfield, Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Gavin MacFarlane Black, CBE, DL and the Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Lynda Scanlan from the steps of the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens in Borough Road. Members of the public are welcome to attend the parade and service and anyone thinking of going along is advised to dress warmly and be in place at the War Memorial by 10.15am.A limited amount of seating is available in the tiered seating from 9am.
Access to the disabled platform is available from the same time.
Parking in the civic centre car park will be available free of charge. Road closures are in place from 9.30am, with access to civic centre car park from Park Lane only after this point. People will have a second opportunity to pay their respects on Sunday.Film director Danny Boyle is producing Pages of the Sea, a commission for 14-18 NOW to mark the centenary of Armistice Day, with the portraits of a casualty from the First World War to be drawn out on the sand of Roker Beach chosen as one of the locations.Sunderland Culture will be part of Pages of the Sea, with Roker Beach being among a handful of beaches chosen nationally to host the event from noon until 3pm.