Veterans campaign to save local regiment

North East veterans protest against government plans to cut Army numbers. Credit: ITV

Veterans of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers held a silent protest in Newcastle at government plans to cut Army numbers. The proposals include cutting the regiment's 2nd Battalion, which has strong ties to the North East.

The Royal Northumberland Fusiliers was amalgamated into the Royal Regiment in 1968, but still recruits heavily from the region.

The government's cuts would see the Army reduced by 20,000 soldiers and 17 units.

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Protest against defence cuts

A vigil has taken place in Newcastle in protest at proposed cuts to the Army, one of several demonstrations taking place around the UK.