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Saluting our heroes

Trevor Gray (left) and his dad, Mike Gray, welcome Ellie Ingoe to the Heugh Gun Battery

Trevor Gray (left) and his dad, Mike Gray, welcome Ellie Ingoe to the Heugh Gun Battery

YOUNG and old joined forces during a weekend to celebrate the brave efforts of service personnel.

The Our Heroes Matter charity brought a weekend of events to Hartlepool’s Heugh Gun Battery.

As well as re-enactments of Durham Light Infantry’s heroics from the First and Second World Wars, the weekend also saw the Heugh Battery’s 25-pounder cannon being fired at 1pm yesterday to salute fighters – both past and present.

Trevor Gray, volunteer events manager with Our Heroes Matter, said: “The weekend was a great success.

“We had a few visitors but I think a lot had been put off by the heavy rain and snow.

“We still had quite a bit of support, though.”

Veterans and members of Hartlepool’s Royal Air Force Association (RAFA), along with town-based members of the RAF Regiment Association also attended.

Trevor, 28, who lives in Sunderland and served with the Scots Guards before joining the Territorial Army, and whose father Michael Gray also served with the forces, added: “We still had a lot of interest in the day, including one tourist from Kuwait, who enjoyed the weekend.

“We had First World War re-enactors in trenches, giving talks, and people were quite impressed with that.

“We hope to do something like this again at Easter – the Heugh Gun Battery representatives were very happy with us and have invited us back.

“Hopefully we will have better weather.”

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.

Other highlights of the weekend included a tombola, the sale of Our Heroes Matter wristbands as well as music,and a chance to have a look around the battery’s museum.

 

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