A weekend to salute heroes

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THE dedication of the Armed Forces past and present will be celebrated this weekend when two days of fundraising events are laid on to mark their brave efforts.

The Our Heroes Matter charity is arranging two days of re-enactments and a remembrance parade at the Heugh Gun Battery, on Hartlepool’s Headland.

There will be re-staging of battle scenes from across the decades and service men and women from across the region are expected to be involved.

The event runs from 10am-4pm on both days, and the remembrance parade will start at 11am on the Sunday.

Trevor Gray, from Our Heroes Matter, said: “This will be a family fundraising event and people can meet and greet soldiers from the past and present.

“We will have guys dressed in First World War uniform giving talks, as well as in Second World War and British Army uniforms giving talks.

“The aim is to raise funds to help ex-servicemen in the North-East.”

Our Heroes Matter is a Sunderland-based charity, which was set up 18 months ago, looking to help ex-service personnel in need by offering help with accommodation, employment training and support, mental health and other support.

Trevor, 28, who lives in Sunderland and served with the Scots Guards before joining the Territorial Army, is volunteer events manager with Our Heroes Matter and his dad Trevor Gray, from South Hetton, also served in the forces.

He added: “We are trying to get veterans involved, to come along and show their support and we ask anyone else to come along and support the event.

“We are having a remembrance parade for lads who have fallen. Anyone who is currently in active service is also welcome.”

Other highlights of the weekend include a tombola, the sale of Our Heroes Matter wristbands to raise funds for soldiers, music, hot food and refreshments and there will also be a chance to have a look around the Heugh’s museum.

Trevor said: “We chose the Heugh Gun Battery as a venue because it is the perfect place to stage an event like this, where guys can re-enact and there are also weapons memorabilia.”

To find out more about Our Heroes Matter, visit www.ourheroesmatter.co.uk