The Minister of State for Armed Forces, Nick Harvey, hasresponded to protests across the country against defence cuts by saying that the government has taken 'no pleasure' in the decision.
A total of 61 silent vigils took place at war memorials across the country today, including in Newcastle.
The Minister went on to say that while the cuts (which come under as part of a government spending review) were 'regrettable', they have been made with great attention to detail to ensure that the forces remain in a state of balance for the future.
More top news
The former lead singer of AC/DC has paid a loving tribute to the band's co-founder, who 'has left a legacy few can match'.
Sunderland Football Club have announced that former Wales boss Chris Coleman is to take over as manager.
It's all change by the end of the weekend. Less cold but more cloud and rain and stronger winds in the forecast for the next few days