Families across the North East are raising awareness about how difficult Christmas can be when a loved one is serving in the armed forces. Hundreds of the region's troops are currently serving in Afghanistan.
Claire Brownlee, the partner of Staff Sergeant Jon Travers, said: "It's hard to be able to do it all on your own."
Soldiers in North Yorkshire have taken on an ambitious task this Christmas: cooking dinner for almost 100 people.
Luckily, they had some professional chefs on hand to show them how to get that turkey just right. Frances Read reports.
15 soldiers based at Catterick Garrison in North Yorkshire have been jailed for staging a sit-in protest while on a training exercise in Kenya.
A court martial heard that the men took the action to demonstrate against being led by commanders they described as "muppets".
The men were serving with the 1st Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment and sat on the floor when ordered to stand to attention.
All the soldiers pleaded guilty to disobeying a lawful command and were given sentences of between 40 and 60 days.
Soldiers from a North east regiment have been celebrating with their families after returning from their last tour of Afghanistan.
Seventy gunners from "Battle Axe" Company received their operational service medals at Albermarle Barracks near Newcastle.
Soldiers based at Europe's biggest Army base, Catterick Garrison, will find out today if any of them are to lose their jobs.
The Ministry of Defence wants to lay off 5300 soldiers as part of budget cuts.
Hundreds of soldiers based at Catterick Garrison have attended York Minster after returning home from Afghanistan.
During their six month tour, nine soldiers from the 4th Mechanized Brigade died in service.
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Hundreds of soldiers who recently returned from an operational tour of Afghanistan have gathered in York Minster for a service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu and the Armed Forces Minister, Andrew Robathan, joined members of the 4th Mechanized Brigade.
The Archbishop of York said: “Our Armed Forces are the bravest of the brave and it is a great honour to be able to welcome them home today.'
“The professionalism and bravery of the soldiers and marines of the 4th Mechanized Brigade has been both astonishing and humbling.
"They achieved a huge amount during our tour of duty and I am enormously proud of them.
"It is important for us now to remember our fallen and the wounded as well as to mark our achievements. It is a great privilege for us to be able to do that in the magnificent York Minster.”
Soldiers who have recently returned from Afghanistan have attended a thanksgiving service at York MInster.
Members of the 4th Mechanized Brigade gathered along with bereaved families.
Brigader Bob Bruce said they would remember the nine soldiers lost while on deployment in Helmand Province.
The soldiers from 4th Mechanized Brigade, who are attending today's remembrance service, spent the tour helping the Afghan National Security Forces take on the responsibility for Helmand province.
Also at the ceremony at York Minster will be Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu and the Armed Forces Minister, Andrew Robathan MP.
Family members of injured soldiers and the bereaved are expected to attend the service to honour the life and service of their loved ones.
Military representatives from the US, Danish and Estonian Armies will also be present.