Sunderland march honours war heroes

Paul Jasper of the Silver Bugle Association pictured at Pallion Metro Station which is the start of Saturday's battle march in aid of Care for Casualties Fund.
Paul Jasper of the Silver Bugle Association pictured at Pallion Metro Station which is the start of Saturday's battle march in aid of Care for Casualties Fund.
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FORMER soldiers will don uniforms once again for a march in honour of wounded war heroes.

Up to 20 ex-service personnel will take on the 10km Silver Bugle Battle March through Sunderland to highlight the bravery of the Armed Forces as well as help support those injured serving in warzones such as Afghanistan.

Paul Jasper, president of the Silver Bugle Association, which is organising the event, said: “The group will march with full combat equipment, including inert weapons, over a route around the city.

“We would like as many people as possible to support us by making a donation and cheering us on our way.”

The march will raise funds for The Rifles’ Care for Casualties appeal.

The regiment, which was recently given Freedom of the City status in Sunderland, has been one of the hardest hit in the fight against the Taliban.

The Silver Bugle Association, which is made up of ex-members of The Rifles, has spent weeks arranging the march.

“Our mission is to support serving men and women, as well as veterans of local regiments,” said Mr Jasper. “As part of our fund-raising projects, we intend to re-enact the efforts of marching into battle with kit and equipment.

“This is the second event of this type and will continue as an annual event in Sunderland.

“Our region has made one of the biggest contributions to our Armed Forces. In recent years, it has witnessed the loss of many soldiers, sailors and air forces.

“We believe the march is the very least we can do to help show the support and generosity of our city towards these brave men and women.”

The march will start at Pallion Metro station, at 11.30am, on Saturday, and head to Chester Road, Hylton Road, through the city centre, over the Wearmouth Bridge, along

Sheepfolds, Newcastle Road, Sea Road, and Dykelands Road, where it is expected to end at the TA centre at about 3pm.

For more information, to make a donation or get involved, call 0771 069 0295.

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