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Former bugler immortalised in new statue

Harry Sanson served with the Durham Light Infantry and was actually one of the buglers who played at the end of the Korean War in 1953. That moment is captured by a new statue in Durham's market place. He shares his memories of that historic moment:

Regimental Statue 'very important to Durham'

A dedication ceremony was held in Durham this morning for a new statue commemorating the efforts of Durham's Light Infantry regiment. Col The Hon James Ramsbotham says the regiment remains strongly tied to the region:


Funeral of war veteran will be held today

John Campbell's funeral will be held tomorrow. Credit: .

The funeral of a World War II veteran takes place later, and is expected to be attended by fellow veterans and members of the public.

John Campbell died aged 92, but his carers couldn't trace any family.

After an online campaign, it's hoped that many Tynesiders will attend his cremation to pay tribute to his war record.


The service will be held at 2.15pm at Whitley Bay Crematorium.

Funeral appeal for Tyneside war hero

People in Tyneside are preparing to give a local war hero a well-attended funeral.

John Campbell was an acting Major in Burma in World War II. He won several medals for his bravery. He was living at Fontburn Court sheltered housing in North Shields when he died.

With no known surviving relatives, it was feared that his funeral would be poorly-attended. Since then, the local community have rallied round to ensure that he gets a fitting send-off. Staff at Fontburn Court want people in the area to attend his funeral and pay their respects.

They are being helped by the Royal British Legion. Members of the public are also pledging support on social media. It is now thought that hundreds of people could attend the service.

John Campbell's funeral will take place at 2.15pm on at Whitley Bay Crematorium on Blyth Road on Thursday 3rd April.

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Growing number of homeless ex-soldiers

The number of ex-servicemen and women who are finding themselves homeless in the North East is growing.

A charity, Norcare, says for every veteran who is given a bed at its centres, six more are waiting.

A fundraising event in Whitley Bay for the charity will help to build two new centres to help homeless heroes.

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