Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lest We Forget; 'It Is Important People Show Their Support for Armed Forces'

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Lest We Forget; 'It Is Important People Show Their Support for Armed Forces'

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www.chroniclelive.co.uk THERE were moving scenes across the region as poppy wreaths were laid in memory of fallen heroes.

One of the biggest parades took place at the City War Memorial in Newcastle's Old Eldon Square, where the service was lead by dean of St Nicholas Cathedral, Christopher Dalliston.

Among those who had made the journey to see the service, was four-year-old Kieran Iraguha nephew of Cpl Steven Dunn, 27, from Gateshead, who was killed by a roadside IED while on patrol in Afghanistan's Helmand province in December 2010.

He said: "I'm really proud. I made a special cross for him that we left for him. I really like the soldiers, but I don't want to be one because of what happened to my uncle Steven."

The annual service remains an emotional day for D-Day veteran George Laverick, from Gosforth, who lost his brother John in the conflict as well as numerous comrades.

The 87-year-old Royal Navy seaman said: "It was a very good turn out and it was excellent to see so many younger ones here as well."

Hannah Rogers had travelled from Ashington to bring her grandson Tyler Martin, four, to the service. She said: "We come down every year as I think it is important that they learn about the sacrifices people made."

Taking part in the parade was retired Major Graeme Heron, vice president of the Fusiliers Association North East.

The Government plans to scrap the 2nd Battalion, the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers but more than 3,000 people have now signed the Chronicle's Save Our Fusiliers campaign.

Major Heron said: "Ministers should hang their head in shame. There are lads out there in Afghanistan now, knowing they are going to be made redundant when they get back. It is disgusting."

Meanwhile, hundreds of people gathered together in Wallsend to mark Remembrance Day. At 11am a 45-minute service was held at Burns Closes War Memorial. …

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