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Thousands gather to honour the fallen in commemorative events across the region

Thousands gathered in Sunderland for the annual Remembrance Day events. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

Tens of thousands of people across the North-East have attended services to mark Remembrance Sunday, as the nation paid its respects to the war dead.

In Sunderland, reputedly the largest Remembrance Day celebration outside of London, crowds gathered to observe the two minutes silence, lay wreaths and hear the sounding of the last post.

A special commemorative event was held at Durham Cathedral on Saturday night in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing.

In Sunderland, remembrance prayers were led by 99-year-old Len Gibson, a former Far East Prisoner of War (FEPOW) and a survivor of the notorious Burma railway.

Mr Gibson, who was recently awarded the British Empire Medal, said he'd "shed tears of joy and tears of sadness."

99-year-old Len Gibson, leading the prayers. Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

"When I look around in Sunderland, the City I've loved for nearly a hundred years and I see all the people who've come out here today, my heart is really filled with joy."

– Veteran Len Gibson

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