Nexus staff, Forces personnel show off the First World War memorial poster at a launch event
5 November 2018

The moving stories of north east railway workers who served in the First World War have gone on display on the Tyne and Wear Metro system in a series of memorial posters.

Nexus, the public body which owns and manages Metro, commissioned the displays to mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, which falls on Armistice Day on Sunday, 11 November.

Five different memorial posters, one for each district of Tyne and Wear, each adorned with Poppies, have been created as part of the project. Fallen soldiers, those who served at sea, and the roles of women during World War One are featured in the memorials.

Nexus is displaying them as a tribute to railwaymen who left their jobs and loved ones behind to fight at the front. The moving stories of local men who answered the call to fight are remembered.

And as part of the Armistice Day centenary Nexus has also arranged for forces personnel, veterans and cadets to have free Metro travel on Remembrance Sunday.

Customer Services Director at Nexus, Huw Lewis, said: “It has been a humbling experience for us to be involved in this project as we play our part in commemorating one hundred years since the First World War came to an end.

“I hope that our customers will take a few moments out of their Metro journey to have a look these displays as the whole nation prepares to honour the courage and sacrifice of the fallen on the centenary of Armistice Day.

“As a railway operator which is part of the everyday life and culture of the North East we wanted something that paid a fitting tribute to the sacrifice of railway workers who answered the call to fight.

“Local historians and history societies have put a great deal of work into this project over the last few months and our thanks go to them for doing such a brilliant job. They have come up with a series of evocative memorials which are a fitting and very moving tribute to those who gave their lives in the First World War. It’s something that we must never forget.”

Passengers can view the memorial posters at ten Metro stations: Monument, Gateshead, Wallsend, North Shields, Hebburn, Jarrow, Bede, South Shields, Park Lane and Sunderland.

A range of local historians worked closely with Nexus to deliver the project ahead of Armistice Day on Sunday.

The posters recount some incredibly moving stories of men who served, some of who were killed in action, or who succumbed to wounds on their return to North East England.
 

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