The region fell silent for Armistice Day

A two minute silence was held across the region at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - the point at which gunfire stopped in the First World War in 1918.

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Armistice Day: Sunderland stops to honour war dead

Services have been held across the North East to mark Armistice Day.

In Sunderland shoppers at The Bridges shopping centre stood in silence as they paused to pay respect to those who have died during conflict.

A two minute silence was held at 11am across the country to mark the time the guns fell silent at the end of World War One on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

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What is Armistice Day?

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Armistice Day - also known as Remembrance Day - marks the anniversary of the end of the First World War, after an Entente was signed in the early hours of 11 November 1918.

The two minute silence begins at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month - the point at which gunfire stopped after four years of bloody conflict.

It is observed across the Commonwealth and is used to remember not just those that died in the First World War, but all members of the armed forces to have died in war since.

Cheryl features in video 'Remembering the Fallen'

North East singer and television personality Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is featuring in a Royal British Legion video to remind people that they are encouraging a two minute silence at 11am to remember the lives lost at war.

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Silence for Armistice Day at 11am

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People across the North East will fall silent at 11am this morning, November 11, to mark Armistice Day.

Services of remembrance will be held from Northumberland to North Yorkshire - marking the end of the First World War and honouring the region's war dead.

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