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Veterans memorial pathway opens in Sunderland

A memorial pathway has been opened today in Mowbray Park, Sunderland.

The path is the brainchild of Tom Cuthbertson who's son Nathan was tragically killed in Afghanistan in 2008 whilst serving in the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment.

Nathan Cuthbertson was killed in Afghanistan in 2008

The Veterans' Walk has been created to honour all military veterans from the North-East of England. Anyone from the region who has served or has a family member who has served in the UK Armed Forces can apply for a stone to be laid.

The founders hope the stones will be a public recognition of family history.

Veterans Walk memorial pathway to open in Sunderland

The a memorial pathway will be opened today in Mowbray Park, Sunderland.

The Veterans' Walk has been created to honour all military veterans from the North-East of England. Anyone from the region who has served or has a family member who has served in the UK Armed Forces can apply for a stone to be laid.

The path is the brainchild of Tom Cuthbertson who's son Nathan was tragically killed in Afghanistan in 2008 whilst serving in the 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment.

The founders hope the stones will be a public recognition of family history.

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102-year-old veteran's family incensed that ambulance took four hours to reach him

The family of a 102-year-old war veteran, who had to wait for an ambulance for four hours, have told ITV News Tyne Tees they're angry paramedics didn't get to him sooner.

Harold Beeforth, from Middlesbrough, was forced to spend four hours on the floor while he waited for an ambulance on the 70th anniversary of VJ Day.

The former RAF corporal had fallen and sustained a head injury. His daughters say the whole 999 system needs an overhaul.

I was incensed and I still am angry.

Why should vulnerable people in this day and age in this society be left and why can't people just see that there's something wrong and deal with it?

– Linda Smith, Mr Beeforth's daughter

The North East Ambulance Service has apologised to Mr Beeforth and his family.

Corporal Beeforth in the 1940s Credit: The Beeforth Family

Search on to find war hero's family before funeral

Forgotten hero: the authorities are trying to find relatives of Frederick Leach. Credit: ITV News Tyne Tees

A plea has been issued to the armed forces community to ensure the funeral of a Second World War veteran doesn't go unattended.

Frederick Leach was a decorated soldier, who died at the age of 94, in a care home in Middlesbrough. More to follow.

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