Sunderland turns out to observe Armistice Day commemorations

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Hundreds of people turned out to remember the fallen as part of Armistice Day commemorations in Sunderland.

Veterans and civic dignataries gathered at the war memorial in Burdon Road as the traditional two-minute silence took place.

Sunderland observes a two-minute silence on Armistice Day, 2015, at the war memorial in Burdon Road.

Sunderland observes a two-minute silence on Armistice Day, 2015, at the war memorial in Burdon Road.

The event is the annual anniversary of the symbolic end of the First World War on November 11 and marks ‘the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month’ when guns fell silent on the Western Front.

Maroons were fired i to mark the beginning of the silence at 11am and were heard again at 11.02 when it was brought to an end.

A memorial bench was unveiled in Mowbray Park as a tribute to those who have lost their lives in conflict following the end of the silence.

Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Barry Curran, said: “The turnout’s been tremendous even though, like Sunday, the weather hasn’t been good at all.

“To have 200 to 300 people here to remember the 11th of the 11th is great and the seat which we have just unveiled is a true reflection of all those people who fought, served and died for our country.

“People have come along and supported this like they do every time and it’s really proud moment for us and me as mayor.”