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Veterans' group holds service to mark the end of the branch
4:56pm Friday 16th August 2013 in News
THE County Durham and Cleveland branch of a war veterans' association will finish as it began – with a service at a Teesdale church.
The British Korean Veterans' Branch was formed in 1983 and the standard was dedicated at St Mary's Church, Staindrop, near Barnard Castle, where several founder members lived and early meetings were held.
Subsequently, members came from all parts of the region and meetings were held in Durham and Middlesbrough.
The branch will now lay up its standard at the Staindrop church later this month to call time on its activities.
John Lightley, branch president, said: “This year is the 60th anniversary of a ceasefire being agreed in Korea.
“During the war, which lasted from 1950 to 1953, a large proportion of the British forces were national servicemen aged about 19.
“As most veterans are now in their 80s, it is expected that the national association will disband in 2014 and it is for this reason that the branch has now decided to lay up their standard.”
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