TA soldiers honoured at ceremony

The bravery of Army Reserve soldiers from south east Northumberland was celebrated during a medals parade at the weekend.

The soldiers, from the Fifth Battalion the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, received their medals for completing tours of duty to Afghanistan at a ceremony at Alnwick Castle on Saturday.

The medals were presented to soldiers including Fusilier Samuel Bell and Cpl Daniel Bell from Cramlington, Fusilier Owen Pringle from Bedlington, and Fusilier Thomas Speight from Morpeth, by the batallion’s honorary leader, Colonel James Percy, the Duke of Northumberland’s brother.

Lord Percy said: “The Fusiliers and Rifleman who deploy to Afghanistan and work in high temperatures, the dust, carry half their body weight in kit and everyday risk stepping on an IED or getting shot or worse captured, they deserve our utmost gratitude, words cannot describe how brave they have been or what they have done for us and our country.

“We owe them so much thanks.”