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New statue for historic County Durham regiment

Hundreds of people - including veterans and serving soldiers - attended a dedication service this morning for a new statue marking the contribution of The Durham Light Infantry. The now defunct regiment recruited largely across the North East and was involved in many major conflicts, including the First and Second World Wars. The statue stands in the city's market place and was paid for entirely by donations.

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Durham Light Infantry Association parades through city

Former servicemen stand for inspection in Durham's Market Place

The annual reunion of the Durham Light Infantry Association is taking place, with a parade and inspection in Durham city centre, before a service in Durham Cathedral.

The Association includes members who served with the original DLI regiment of the British Army, which was amalgamated with other regiments in 1968, and those in later regiments, which continue its history.

This year, the parade and review will be followed by a dedication service to a statue commemorating the long history of the regiment, which has been installed in Durham's Market Place.

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Statue of soldier remembers Durham Light Infantry

The single soldier remembers a poignant moment in the regiment's history

A dedication service is taking place for a new memorial to the Durham Light Infantry, the former British Army regiment.

The bronze statue of a single soldier remembers the moment DLI buglers sounded the ceasefire in Korea in 1953, which was the regiment's last battle honour.

The dedication service is being conducted by the Bishop of Durham in the Market Place, Durham, after a parade by the Durham Light Infantry Association.

It will be followed by the DLI reunion service in Durham Cathedral, which this year will remember the centenary of the First World War.

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Overnight mist and fog will clear slowly. Mainly dry with some bright or sunny intervals developing by the afternoon.

Light winds. Becoming cloudier again during evening with possible drizzle overnight. Maximum temperature 19 °C.

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