The funeral of a World War II veteran takes place later, and is expected to be attended by fellow veterans and members of the public.
John Campbell died aged 92, but his carers couldn't trace any family.
After an online campaign, it's hoped that many Tynesiders will attend his cremation to pay tribute to his war record.
The service will be held at 2.15pm at Whitley Bay Crematorium.
People in Tyneside are preparing to give a local war hero a well-attended funeral.
John Campbell was an acting Major in Burma in World War II. He won several medals for his bravery. He was living at Fontburn Court sheltered housing in North Shields when he died.
With no known surviving relatives, it was feared that his funeral would be poorly-attended. Since then, the local community have rallied round to ensure that he gets a fitting send-off. Staff at Fontburn Court want people in the area to attend his funeral and pay their respects.
They are being helped by the Royal British Legion. Members of the public are also pledging support on social media. It is now thought that hundreds of people could attend the service.
John Campbell's funeral will take place at 2.15pm on at Whitley Bay Crematorium on Blyth Road on Thursday 3rd April.