New group aims to unite ex-servicemen and women

From left, Lee Cartwright, Dave Hansford, Norman Wright (chairman) and CSM John Wright - 4 Yorks with the branch's new Standard

From left, Lee Cartwright, Dave Hansford, Norman Wright (chairman) and CSM John Wright - 4 Yorks with the branch's new Standard

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A new group has been formed to pull together former servicemen and women.

The new Hartlepool Branch of The Green Howards Association has been formed and bosses are appealing for more members to come forward.

It was formed after a number of Green Howards attended a recent Remembrance Parade and it was decided there was enough to join together.

A branch spokesman said: “The Regiment, which was raised in 1688 and ultimately amalgamated into The Yorkshire Regiment in June of 2006, recruited primarily from the North East, but until now, the nearest gathering of Green Howards veterans was held at Thornaby.

“This was until former Sergeant Norman Wright, who left the Army after serving 24 years, noticed at a local Remembrance Parade that there were enough ex-Green Howards to possibly form its own Branch and carry its own Standard at future events.

“With donations from members, help from The Green Howards Association along with local businesses, trade cars north east, military medals and Cactus Products the Branch now has its own Standard which proudly flew at this years Armed Forces Day Parade in Hartlepool.

“The Branch is now some 30 strong and meets every 3rd Friday at the Belle Vue Social Club Hartlepool who have been very supportive.

“They welcome ex and serving members of both The Green Howards and The Yorkshire Regiment, as well as any other ‘old-soldier’ who wants to pop along.”

For further information email: hartlepoolbranch@gmail.com