THE oldest surviving member of Durham Gentle Infantry to have fought within the Second World Battle is because of attend a particular remembrance ceremony tonight.
Former Miner Harry Oliver, who spent 5 years as a prisoner of battle in Poland, is attending the Competition of Remembrance Live performance at Durham Cathedral.
The 102-year-old, who was from Coxhoe, labored at Bowburn Colliery till he was known as up aged 20, and spent many of the battle as a captive.
Chatting with the Northern Echo 4 years in the past, Mr Oliver stated: “After the preliminary shock of being captured, the worst half was the shortage of meals.
“Lots of people starved to loss of life.”
On the finish of the battle he confronted a 450-mile “loss of life march” by means of Poland into Germany the place he was freed.
He stated: “At a time like this I consider all of the lads who didn’t come house.
“I’m house. I’ve had an excellent life . . . an exquisite life.”
Mr Oliver is being joined by 98-year-old D-Day veteran Cyril Coxon, who will likely be awarded the Legion D’honneur by the Honorary French Consul on the occasion, and 96-year-old Nora Excessive from Seaham who served as a spotter for a Royal Artillery Anti-Plane Battery throughout the battle.
The transferring fundraising live performance, in assist of The Troopers’ Charity, remembers those that have given their lives for his or her nation and serving troopers who put their lives in danger for our liberties right now.
The night time will embrace a muster parade and a two-minute silence with 1000’s of poppy petals dropped from the cathedral tower.
The night’s speaker will mirror on the position of the Navy within the Falklands Battle, waiting for the fortieth anniversary of the battle subsequent 12 months.
Alasdair Hutton, narrator of the Royal Edinburgh Navy Tattoo, is being joined by the Band of The Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, 102 Battalion REME Pipe Band, Durham ACF Band and Bugles, John Rowland, Julie Pendleton, Durham Musical Theatre Firm, Blue Gentle Choir and Enter CIC.
The Muster Parade continues to develop and this 12 months would be the largest so far with extra youth organisations taking part.
Main Eric Ingram, who organises the occasion, stated “We’re delighted to return to a reside occasion, the previous two years have been troublesome for everybody so we additionally bear in mind those that misplaced their lives to Covid.
“Now we have three very particular friends on the pageant this 12 months, 102-year-old Harry Oliver, the oldest surviving member of the DLI, 98-year-old D Day veteran Cyril Coxon and 96-year-old Nora Excessive from Seaham.”
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