The city's RAF cadets gathered as they paid their respects to those who fought in the Battle of Britain.
The North East lost 544 people in the major air campaign between the force and Germany’s Luftwaffe over the south of England in the summer and autumn of 1940.
Today, air cadets from RAF 111 Sunderland Squadron were joined by members of 607 Wearmouth and 1027 Jarrow and 324 South Shields for a memorial service in front of the war memorial on Burdon Road.
The service was led by Julie Judson, the padre of the Sunderland squadron and member of the city’s Salvation Army, with the city’s mayor Councillor Doris McKnight also addressing the crowd.
Coun McKnight, who was accompanied by her consort and husband Keith, said: “It was emotional and to think we lost 544 from the North East.
“I am very proud to represent the city on this day because I think it is very important that we remember that if it wasn’t for the Battle of Britain, things would be very a different situation today.”
She added the young members of the ATCs had done themselves proud by attending the service.
Flight Lieutenant James Yeo of the RAF Volunteer Reserve Training Branch, is based with the 111 Squardon in Tay Road, Thorney Close.
It took on the organisation of the service when the city’s RAF Association closed around seven years ago,
He said: “It is really important we continue to do this.
“As part of the introduction when cadets join, they learn about the history of the RAF, which is the parent service of the Air Training Corp, so we ensure they know about the Battle of Britain.
“It’s fantastic to see the cadets turn out.”
The Sunderland service took place today to avoid clashing with last weekend’s Great North Run.
It followed on from a flag-raising ceremony at Sunderland Civic Centre on Friday in recognition of the landmark event and remained on show over the weekend.
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