Major Chester Potts, Chairman of the Northumberland Fusiliers Association, explains why veterans are campaigning against the loss of the regiment's 2nd Battalion. It'll disappear under government plans to reduce the size of the Army.
Veterans of the regiment held a vigil in protest at the cuts this morning.
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