Paul hits the road for Poppy Appeal.

Paul Smith.
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Footsore 'squaddie' Paul Smith is pounding the pavements for a very good cause today.

Paul, who works for Durham County Council, is running between Seaham's Tommy statue and the DLI statue in Durham Market Place dressed in dad Bill's 1950s Army uniform. and with parade shoes on his feet..

"This is my Dad's uniform from the Royal Artillery, which is an almost perfect fit, " he said.

"My Dad polished all the brasses for me yesterday."

Paul set off from Seaham after today's Remembrance Day service and is raising funds for the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal.

Paul, who started running seriously on New Year's Day 2007 and hasn't missed a day since, is carrying a ginat poppy to show his support for the appeal.

The 16 mile run should be a reasonably easy prospect - weather permitting - after least year's fund-raising effort which saw Paul cover 67 miles as he ran between 100 North East war memorials.

To donate, visit Lord Smythe's Poppy Run at Virgin Giving.