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Veterans Presented with Veteran’s Badges by Darlington’s New Mayor

Posted on Thursday, 13 June 2019 3:59 pm | Category: Darlington Veterans at Middleton Hall Retirement Village received their Veteran's Badges from Age UK NYD and Darlingtons newly elected mayor on Tuesday afternoon.

Darlington’s newly appointed Mayor had the honour of presenting 5 residents of Middleton Hall Retirement Village with their veteran’s badges on Tuesday Afternoon. The Veterans Badges, which are issued by the Ministry of Defence to allow veterans to be recognised and honoured for their service to their country, were handed out in a short ceremony which included a summary of their military service given by Sandy Sanderson of Age UK North Yorkshire and Darlington. Mr Sanderson and his colleague Shaun Britton, both members of Age UK North Yorkshire & Darlington’s Joining Forces team and former servicemen had helped the men claim the badges and helped research details of their service history.

The five men honoured, Norman Darley, Don Patterson, Duncan MacEwan, Phillip Watson and Douglas Forrester-Paton had served in a variety of capacities, including four of them during World War Two. Mr. Darley had been a veteran of the D-Day campaign, the 75th anniversary of which has just passed last week with a large national commemoration. With emotions running high the badges were received by the five men who were all proud  to have received this recognition from the Mayor.

The Worshipful, The Mayor of Darlington, Cllr. Nick Wallis said:

“It’s humbling to be here this afternoon in the presence of men who gave so much to their country at its time of greatest peril.

After the 75th anniversary of D-Day, the ceremony today has been pertinent. I look forward to supporting further events such as these over my time as Mayor.”

Fiona Green, Communications Manager at Middleton Hall commented, “It was really special for all family members, fellow residents and staff to share this poignant ceremony recognising and honouring the courage of our residents during their years of service."

Veterans who were born before 1950 are encouraged to get in touch with the Joining Forces team to obtain support with accessing pensions and benefits, as well as help applying for medals and veterans badges. You can find out more information on the Veterans Support page.

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