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Veteran in parade after attack
A World War II veteran who was attacked with a claw hammer while selling poppies is to take part in a Remembrance Sunday parade.

Eric Paternoster, 79, needed seven stitches to his hand and had a head wound glued shut after the attack in a supermarket on Monday.

The former 2nd Battalion Manchester Regiment soldier, from Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, was struck three times by his assailant.

The apparently unprovoked attack shocked his Royal British Legion colleagues.

I'll be wearing my blazer, I can't wear the one with the regimental badge because the police still have that
Eric Paternoster

Mr Paternoster will join war comrades and his twin brother Ivor for the parade to the War Memorial in Aylesbury, where he will lay a wreath.

Mr Paternoster, who served in India during the war, said: "I'm feeling a lot better, coming along nicely.

"It hasn't put me off going out today and I'll be back collecting again next year.

"I'll be wearing my blazer, I can't wear the one with the regimental badge because the police still have that."

Mr Paternoster was prevented from serving alongside his twin brother so he fought in the Normandy campaigns. But the pair are hoping to march shoulder-to-shoulder in the parade.

A 29-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of causing actual bodily harm in connection with the hammer attack.

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