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Thousands gather to honour those who've fallen

Thousands gathered across the Calendar region today to honour the servicemen and women of the armed forces.

In Doncaster, former paratrooper Ben Parkinson attended the Remembrance Day Service - and walked at his full height for the first time since an explosion in Afghanistan in 2006.

Adam Fowler was there:


Ben Parkinson to lay wreath on new prosthetic legs

Britain's most badly injured soldier is to lay a wreath on his new prosthetic legs in his home town of Doncaster in honour of those who have fallen in battle.

Ben Parkinson is Britain's most badly injured soldier Credit: Press Association

Ben Parkinson has been recovering from over 40 injuries he got in a bomb blast in Afghanistan eight years ago.

He has gone on to make a miraculous recovery and will lay the wreath in his home town today on his new, full size legs and in his full military uniform.

Ben Parkinson issues challenge to a Princess

The recovery of injured Afghanistan veteran Ben Parkinson has amazed doctors - he has taken on feats of endurance that would even be a challenge to able-bodied veterans. But Ben Parkinson, from Doncaster, has thrown down the gauntlet to the Princess Royal no less - to join him on his latest venture. He challeneged Princess Anne to a parachute jump when he met her at a royal garden party. Michael Billington was there..


Ben Parkinson heads off for specialist treatment

Injured Doncaster Paratrooper Ben Parkinson has set of for pioneering treatment in Scotland, as he continues his recovery. Ben lost his legs as well as suffering brain injuries in a bomb blast in Afghanistan. He's now to become the first British soldier to be given oxygen therapy to treat his chronic injuries. Michael Billington reports.

Ben Parkinson to present awards

Ben Parkinson Credit: PA

Injured paratrooper Ben Parkinson is presenting awards in Sheffield later to young people with learning difficulties and disabilities who've learned to use public transport to travel independently to and from school.

Independent Travel Training - known as Indetravel - helps young people develop the skills and confidence to use public transport to get to school, college or work placements.

Before the Sheffield City Council run project was launched in 2009, youngsters with autism, Down's syndrome or other disabilities would have had to rely on minibuses or taxis.

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