Army veterans and the families of serving soldiers have been holding a vigil in protest at what they say are damaging cuts to the armed forces. They made their voices heard, by standing in silence - at Newcastle's central war memorial.
The government wants to shrink the Army by twenty thousand soldiers nationwide, and cut seventeen units, including one with strong ties to the North East.
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