People across the region fell silent for two minutes at 11 o'clock on Saturday to mark Armistice Day.
The event marked the agreement signed between the Allies and Germany that led to the end of the First World War in November 1918.
In South Shields a service was held at St Stephen's Church to remember the sacrifices made by members of the Merchant Navy.
The congregation then walked to the Merchant Navy Memorial statue, where wreaths were laid.
The Merchant Navy was crucial to Britain's survival during the early years of the Second World War, keeping the nation supplied with food and armaments.
Of the 185,000 people who served in the British Merchant Navy during the conflict, more than a quarter died as a result of enemy action.