AIRBORNE heroes are looking for new recruits to join their band of brothers.
The Sunderland branch of the Parachute Regiment Association (PRA) includes members who have served their country on D-Day, during the Falklands Campaign and in Northern Ireland.
Wearside and the North East are key recruiting grounds for the Parachute Regiment and the PRA is inviting both serving and ex-members in Sunderland to join their group.
Tom Cuthbertson, the association’s secretary, served with the Paras in Northern Ireland. His son, Nathan, was killed aged just 19 while serving with the 2 PARA in Afghanistan in 2008.
“There will be many serving and ex-parachute regiment members in Sunderland,” said Tom.
“The association is a great way to keep in touch with people and talk about the old times with other members. It’s for everyone who has served with the airborne forces, not just the Parachute Regiment.
“We’ve got about 20 people on the books, people who have served in all different conflicts, and we’re keen to get new members to join.”
The group hosts regular meetings and social nights, as well as organising trips abroad, such as the annual commemorations in the Netherlands, to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Arnhem, which claimed the lives of almost 2,000 allied servicemen, most of them from 1st Airborne Division.
The association also supports other causes and takes part in ceremonies such as the Sunderland Remembrance Day commemorations and funerals for fallen servicemen.Meetings take place upstairs in the Gunners Club (the Royal Artillery Club) in Mary Street, Sunderland, on the second Thursday of each month at 8pm, and last Friday of each month between 6pm and 7pm.