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Last Updated: Wednesday, 10 November, 2004, 06:32 GMT
War heroes return to battle zones
D-day veterans arrive in Normandy
Veterans will visit the countries where they served
A group of World War II veterans and their families are to visit the war zones of 60 years ago.

Arthur Wells, from Teesside, is one of 12 people from the North East granted awards, and will visit Malta with his wife next April.

Ian Taylor, of Newcastle, the brother of a war veteran, will visit Italy with his wife and late brother's widow.

The Big Lottery Fund's Heroes' Return scheme helps veterans and families visit places where they served.

German destroyers

Mr Wells, said he was looking forward to returning to Malta and said he would be unable to make the trip without the cash aid.

He said: "I signed up initially as a boy of just 15 in 1936 with the Royal Navy and went to Chatham to do a gun course.

"I was then put on HMS Foxhound in 1940 and I went to Narvik in northern Norway, fighting against the German destroyers.

"I was then sent on to Gibraltar for over a year and then Malta, ending up in Alexandria for over two years."

Mr Taylor, the brother of war veteran Francis Taylor, will visit Italy in May 2005. His brother was captured by the Italians in Iraq and taken to Lazio in 1942 and held for two years, contracting tuberculosis.

Mr Taylor said: "We are really interested in my brother's history and wanted to revisit some of the places where he would have been."

Nationally, the Big Lottery Fund is helping more tha 18,000 people visit the places they served in combat.

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