Volunteers are honoured for their work

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Volunteers who have been helping ex-service personnel in the county have been honoured for their work over the last 12 months.

The 2014 annual SSAFA Dinner, held to honour the Caseworkers and the 60 volunteer staff who serve the local community in Northumberland, was held at the Horton Grange Hotel in Blagdon on Wednesday.

The Castle Morpeth, Wansbeck and Blyth Valley branches of SSAFA have been very busy helping the ex-service community through difficult times, and were rewarded for their efforts.

The Duchess of Northumberland, Jane Percy, as president of SSAFA Northumberland was on hand to present long service awards to three of the local volunteers – Jim Young, who has bene at Cramlington for ten years, John Laird, who has been in Blyth for ten years, and Gail Cromarty, who has reached five years in Cramlington.

A total of 60 volunteer staff attended the dinner, where the chairman, Col A A E Glenton gave the customary speech thanking all and welcoming new members to the SSAFA community.