Sunderland prepares for Remembrance commemorations

Sunderland Remembrance Day Parade and Service 2011.
Sunderland Remembrance Day Parade and Service 2011.
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PREPARATIONS are well under way for this year’s Armistice Day commemorations in Sunderland.

Tickets are now on sale for the Concert of Remembrance at the Seaburn Centre, on Saturday, November 10, to be followed by processions around Wearside and County Durham the next day.

The concert will be headlined by the Band of The Royal Air Force Regiment, which this year celebrates its 70th anniversary.

Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Iain Kay said: “The concert is an opportunity for us all to reflect on the sacrifices made by our servicemen and women from the great War through to our current conflicts.”

Second World War veterans will take a major part in helping to remember those servicemen and women who were lost in the wars.

Ex-Bombardier Len Gibson, 93, who served in the 125 Anti-Tank Regiment Royal Artillery during the Second World War and was a Japanese Prisoner of War on the Burma-Thailand Railway, will read the Far East Prisoner of War Prayer.

He said: “The prayer says ‘we must remember every day, every month, not just in November,’ but other people must remember in November.”

He added: “I’m proud to be there, and I think I’m doing my duty to be there.”

Coun Kay said: “Members of Her Majesty’s Forces will be participating in this Concert of Remembrance alongisde the Standards of the Royal British Legion and Emergancy Services.

“This is as we remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the peace and freedom we have today.”

As well as the concert, events will also include the remembrance procession in the city centre, with the laying of the wreaths at the war memorial in Mowbray Park.

Two processions will also take place in Seaham.

Derek Bland, secretary of the Seaham branch of the Royal British Legion, said the main parade will again be lead by the Pittington Brass.

Also in attendace will be David Clifford, who is Deputy Lieutenant for County Durham, and Councillor Sue Morrison, Mayor of Seaham.

Derek said: “There will be a separate detachment attending Seaham Town Park.

“Norman Greaveson, 93, who is a Dunkirk and Normandy veteran, will be there, with Frank Wyman, 91, who was a Desert Rat and has an Italy Star, and George Guilliford, 91, who has an Italy Star.”

Tickets for the Concert of Remembrance, priced £6, can be purchased at the sound and vision desk in the City Library and Arts Centre, Fawcett Street, and the customer service desk in The Bridges.

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