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War veterans get a singing send-off from school children as they continue the walk of Britain

Schoolchildren in Hexham Photo:

The children from Heddon-on-the-Wall St Andrews C of E First School gave six wounded soldiers a fantastic send-off this morning, along with the staff at Dingle Dell tearooms and many of the villagers of Heddon-on-the Wall.

The Walk of Britain expedition involves four British and two US wounded veterans - together they're walking 1,000 miles across mainland Britain. They started in Scotland on August 22nd and will finish at Buckingham Palace on November 1st.

Today the WWTW team is taking on a Northumberland stage, from Heddon-on-the-Wall to Hexham.

Sharon Hope, owner of Dingle Dell Tearooms, said:

I feel really emotional - to see these amazing people overcoming such severe injury and having such a wonderful attitude to life. They've brought a lot of joy and a really positive feeling to our village this morning. We feel very proud of them and I'm so pleased they enjoyed the marvellous send-off we gave them.

– Sharon Hope

Victoria Nicholson of WWTW added:

We are so grateful to the people of Heddon-on-the-Wall. Sharon was the first person in the country to get in touch with us when Prince Harry launched Walking With The Wounded and we're delighted to be here enjoying such a special welcome. It's the best send-off we've been given so far and the singing by the schoolchildren will give us a real spring in our step today as we meet folk along Hadrian's Wall."

– Victoria Nicholson