Sunderland Airborne Forces Day to remember fallen para

Tom Cuthbertson front, right) with some of the ex - paras and supporters for his Airborne Forces Day at Ashbrooke Sports Club, Sunderland.
Tom Cuthbertson front, right) with some of the ex - paras and supporters for his Airborne Forces Day at Ashbrooke Sports Club, Sunderland.
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AN Airborne Forces Day will honour fallen war hero Nathan Cuthbertson on the fourth anniversary of his death.

Serving and former Paratroopers from across the region are being invited to take part in the event in Sunderland, which will also celebrate the efforts of the servicemen and women.

Former Para and Nathan’s Dad, Tom, 42, said: “We feel proud of our Nathan, who gave his life serving with the Paras, so we thought this would be a nice thing to do.”

On Saturday, June 9, Tom will be joined by other bikers as they set off from Catterick Garrison for the annual charity cycle, Cuthy’s 200.

They will ride back to Ashbrooke Sports Club in time for the event, which includes live music, a barbecue and display from the 4th Battalion The Parachute Regiment.

Tom said: “We want this to be a Para reunion where serving and ex-serving members of the Parachute Regiment can get together and meet up with old comrades and reminisce.

“You feel a real sense of pride at events like this and it’s really great to see so many people getting together and talking about old times.

“We want to see as many people there as possible.”

Private Nathan Cuthbertson, 19, of 2nd Battalion The Parachute Regiment, was killed on June 8, 2008, as he was fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan.

Earlier this year, his younger brother, Connan, 18, joined the same regiment and is currently training.

He is expected to fly out to Afghanistan later this year.

It is hoped that he will be given leave to attend the event.

“Because of Nathan and our Connan now serving with the Paras, we wanted to do something to show our pride for them and the thousands of others out there,” Tom, of Tunstall, said.

“It should be a really good day and we want there to be a really good turn out.”

Tom plans on making the event annual and hopes that it will expand.

“We want this to get bigger and bigger every year,” said Tom.

Tom and Carla will attend a private memorial service at Sunderland Minster on June 8 when a prayer will be said for Nathan and a candle lit in his memory.

The Airborne Forces Day starts at 2pm on June 9. Entry is free and all are welcome.

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