My View, Ben Parkinson: Reg, 93, is a hero we can all be proud of

Ben Parkinson and pal Reg at the Doncaster Remembrance Sunday event
Ben Parkinson and pal Reg at the Doncaster Remembrance Sunday event

For Remembrance Sunday the people in Doncaster were there in force to show that they will never forget those who fell for our country.

I was accompanied at the service at the Cenotaph in Bennetthorpe by Reg, who is a 93- year-old ex-navy lad.

He had so many medals, but had never had them mounted.

So he wore them inside his coat.

He had nothing to be ashamed of.

He had done amazing things for his country, and even though he is now in a wheelchair he was proud and happy to be there showing his respect.

On Saturday I was with the Girl Guides in Belton.

They were having a special sleepover in the village hall. They had baked cakes decorated with poppies, and were learning to build shelters.

They were being taught that the day was special and it is great that they were having fun doing it.

On Armistice Day I was at Aegis Community College in Gainsborough.

This is a school for children from 11 upwards.

All of the pupils at the school had difficulties that they have to try and overcome every day.

But they had been working very hard to learn about Remembrance.

They held a special assembly.

And at 11o clock they help a perfect two minutes’ silence.

That was something that was very difficult for some of them.

I was very proud to be there.

Then this weekend there was such terrible news.

I always like to write about the positive and funny things that I have had the chance to do.

But nothing really matters except to think about the poor people caught up in Paris.

A party from my regiment had called to visit me on Friday morning.

We were having the crack about lads who had left.

Most of them are now in the police, fire or ambulance services.

They fought in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with me.

And they will still be on the front line if the same terrible things happen here.

There are people working all the time behind the scenes to try and keep us safe from harm.

It’s a shame that it’s necessary.

But I’m very glad that they are there.

n Ben Parkinson was seriously wounded while serving in Aghanistan, when the Land Rover he was travelling was blown up by a Tabiban bomb. He has since fought to recover from his devastating injuries, including brain damage and the loss of both legs, and been awarded the MBE for his charity work.