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Troops prepare for final parade before move to York

From today, the 1st UK Armoured Division will lose armoured from its name.

Soldiers rehearsing for parade
Soldiers rehearsing for parade

The change also includes the redeployment of the Division's head quarters to Imphal barracks in York.

Soldiers rehearsing for parade
Soldiers rehearsing for parade

It is believed to be the first parade with a drum head service since World War Two.

Rehearsals are taking place with over 1000 troops.

The band of the royal armoured corps based in Catterick arrived last night for the momentous day in the army's history.

New home for 1st UK Armoured Division in York

Two years ago the Ministry of Defence announced cuts to the Army to help reduce costs, meaning less regular soldiers, more reservists AND basing all our troops back in the UK.

Tomorrow will be a significant day for troops from the 1st UK Armoured Division as they take take part in a parade in Germany ahead of the redeployment of the top brass back to Yorkshire.

Our reporter Sarah Clark has been given unique access to the preparations:

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New Leeds 'pop in' centre for Armed Forces community

New information and advice centre
New information and advice centre

The Royal British Legion officially opens its new 'pop in' Advice and Information Centre on Albion Street in Leeds today.

The Legion is undergoing its biggest ever transformation to make it easier for the Armed Forces community to access support. As part of this new approach, it's opening 16 pop in centres in major cities across the UK.

'Pop-in' centre will provide support for the Armed Forces community
'Pop-in' centre will provide support for the Armed Forces community

Mick Woosnam, 69, from Pudsey served in the Army and received support from the Legion with food vouchers and new furniture for his adapted bungalow.

Angela Butler, 38, from Leeds is married to an RAF veteran who is unable to hold down a steady job after being diagnosed with bipolar.

Both Mick and Angela will open the new centre.

Campaign to prevent paupers' funerals for ex-service personnel

Powerful scenes were played out on the streets of Scunthorpe at the weekend as passers by were asked to think about a campaign to ensure that military veterans who die without close family aren't given a so-called pauper's funeral

A local undertaker says the Government should help pay for former military personnel to be given a dignified final journey.

Tina Gelder reports:

Flag service personnel medical records says campaigner

Flagging the medical records of service personnel would ensure they are not given a pauper's funeral.

An undertaker from Scunthorpe is leading a campaign to secure Government funding for former members of the armed forces who die without a next of kin.

Currently local councils arrange the funerals of people who die with no known relatives.

Sue Maclean says the Government should contribute to the funeral costs of people who served for their country:

Campaigners march in Scunthorpe to prevent pauper's funerals

Protestors in Scunthorpe marched behind an empty coffin draped in a Union flag to launch a campaign to prevent former service personnel being given paupers' funerals.

Protestors march behind an empty coffin
Protestors march behind an empty coffin

A local undertaker says the Government should help pay for former members of the armed forces to be given a dignified funeral.

Currently anyone who dies without any next of kin is given a funeral by their local council.

The Department of Work and Pensions said: "The contribution members of the armed forces have made is valued."

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