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Footbridge dedicated to North Yorkshire's fallen soldiers

Corporal Damian Lawrence was killed in Kajaki in February 2008 Credit: MOD

Two fallen soldiers from North Yorkshire will be honoured when a new footbridge is unveiled at a special ceremony this afternoon.

The Whitby Memorial Bridge, which connects West Pier with the pier extension, is being dedicated to Damian Lawrence and Andrew Found. Both lost their lives while serving in Afghanistan.

Corporal Damian Lawrence, of the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, was born in Scarborough and raised in Whitby. He was killed by an explosive device in Kajaki in February 2008.

Craftsman Andrew Found from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers served with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys). He was killed in an explosion in Helmand Province in June 2011.

Craftsman Andrew Found was killed in Helmand Province in June 2011 Credit: MOD

It will be a fitting tribute to the two local soldiers who lost their lives fighting for this country and a reminder of their ultimate sacrifice.

– Mike Cockerill, Whitby Town Council

The proposal to dedicate the new bridge to the soldiers received widespread support from Whitby Town Council and the community. Councillor Mike Cockerill said: "It will be a fitting tribute to the two local soldiers who lost their lives fighting for this country and a reminder of their ultimate sacrifice.

"I feel honoured that Scarborough Borough Council has been able to facilitate this for the families of the two men and the wider Whitby community."

Work to install the Whitby Memorial Bridge began in June and was completed last month. The families of both Corporal Lawrence and Craftsman Found are expected to attend the dedication ceremony at 2pm.