North re­mem­bers

Sunday Sun - - News - By Lisa Hutchin­son lisa.hutchin­son@ncj­me­

Re­porter ICONIC land­marks across the UK were lit up on Satur­day night as the na­tion came to­gether to com­mem­o­rate the centenary of the Ar­mistice.

And our fa­mous Tyne Bridge and the An­gel of the North were among them.

Pro­jec­tions of the ghostly sil­hou­ettes of World War One sol­diers, or ‘Tom­mies’, also il­lu­mi­nated Mar­ble Arch, Tate Mod­ern, HMS Belfast, War­wick Cas­tle, Ti­tanic Belfast, Cardiff Cas­tle and Ed­in­burgh Cas­tle, as well as those in Newcastle and Gateshead.

Less than 24 hours be­fore the na­tion stands to­gether to re­mem­ber 100 years since the sign­ing of the Ar­mistice to­day, th­ese historic build­ings and land­marks across the UK stood united with the words “There But Not There” to re­mem­ber the fallen.

The Tommy sil­hou­ettes have ap­peared all over the UK since the cam­paign launched in Fe­bru­ary, com­mem­o­rat­ing the 888,246 Bri­tish and Com­mon­wealth troops who died in the First World War whilst also rais­ing funds for mil­i­tary char­i­ties sup­port­ing vet­er­ans to­day.

Gen­eral The Lord Dan­natt, Pa­tron of There But Not There and for­mer Chief of the Gen­eral Staff, said: “As we reach one hun­dred years since the Ar­mistice, it is vi­tal we re­flect on the sac­ri­fice made by an en­tire gen­er­a­tion of ser­vice­men and women.

“Th­ese won­der­ful land­marks com­ing to­gether pro­vide a remarkable rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the na­tion do­ing ex­actly just that.

“We have been in­cred­i­bly moved by the over­whelm­ing pub­lic sup­port that we have re­ceived across the coun­try, which has led to more than £4m raised for mil­i­tary and men­tal health char­i­ties.

“How­ever, our jour­ney doesn’t stop here; we need the pub­lic’s back­ing more than ever in rais­ing funds to sup­port our vet­er­ans in cri­sis.

“Men­tal health re­mains a cru­cial is­sue and we hope peo­ple will see th­ese poignant sil­hou­ettes and be in­spired to buy their own Tommy to both re­mem­ber the fallen and to help those that con­tinue to struggle to­day.”

There But Not There has gen­er­ated more than £4m in sales and do­na­tions since its launch in Fe­bru­ary.

Along­side the six-foot Tom­mies, 10-inch Per­spex Tom­mies, made by vet­er­ans to sup­port vet­er­ans are also be­ing pro­duced and sold by Re­mem­bered.

All prof­its made from the sale of th­ese Tom­mies, will go to a group of men­tal health and armed forces char­i­ties.

Th­ese are: The Royal Foun­da­tion, Walk­ing With The Wounded, Com­bat Stress, Help for Heroes, Project Equinox: Hous­ing Vet­er­ans and Med­i­cal Stu­dents and Com­mon­wealth War Graves Foun­da­tion.

Fol­low­ing a pe­ti­tion signed by over 125,000 mem­bers of the pub­lic, the char­ity re­cently won a land­mark bat­tle with the Trea­sury over the re­turn of VAT on the sale of Tom­mies.

The VAT re­bate is worth in ex­cess of £800,000 to the char­i­ties.

For more in­for­ma­tion or to buy your own Tommy, visit www.ThereButNot

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