• Remembrance Day: Hundreds of soldiers and women move through Durham

  • Community gathers for Darlington Remembrance Day 2019


  • Mr. Gibson was a member of the Royal Antiaircraft Artillery 125 when he was captured by the Japanese in 1942. Before his liberation in 1945, he was a prisoner of war at the Burma Death Railway.

    Hundreds of service workers and veterans joined Gibson and the mayor of Sunderland, Councilor David Snowdon, as the city paid their respects.

    The parade was led by the Royal Signals (Northern) Band and the Bearpark and Esh Colliery Band.

    Participating units included: 4th Regiment Royal Artillery (regiment adopted by Sunderland), The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and crew members of Sunderland's affiliated warship HMS Anson.

    Regiment sergeant WOI Craig Hilton of the 4th Regiment Royal Artillery coordinated the parade. The Royal Artillery of the 4th Regiment also constituted the largest contingent of the parade, along with two field guns fired from the terrace at Mowbray Park to signal the beginning of the two-minute silence at 11 o'clock.

    The mayor of Sunderland, Council Member David Snowdon, said: "Remembrance Day is an important opportunity for the whole city to pay tribute to those who have fought in past and present conflicts, including those who have given up their lives for their land ,

    "It is equally important that we take this opportunity to honor the soldiers and women of today and tell them how much we value what they do and appreciate the sacrifices they make in our name.

    "As the proud father of a serving military officer, I know how important it is for our soldiers and women to know that we stand behind them and support their valuable work."

    The parade ended in a rush of veterans and members of Her Majesty's forces greetings from Colonel Ann Clouston, OBE, ARRC, TD, DL, VR and the Mayor of Sunderland, Cllr David Snowdon from the steps of the Museum at Borough Road.

    At 11 am on Monday, 11 November, residents and visitors to the city will be asked to take a two-minute break on the occasion of the ceasefire that marked the end of the First World War in 1918.

    Maroons will sound at 11:00 am and again at 11:02 am from Mowbray Park to finish the observation.

    The event in Sunderland yesterday was one of hundreds that have participated in the entire region.

    In South Tyneside, the Mayor and Mayor of South Tyneside, Councilor Norman Dick and Ms. Jean Williamson led the awards.

    The Mayor said: "These events are an opportunity for the church to gather in a silent and dignified reflection, to remember those who have sacrificed so much for this land and to greet those who still serve today . "