Honour for Fareham veteran who lost his eyesight

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A BLIND former soldier will march with more than 100 veterans at the Cenotaph.

Bob Strickland, 76, from Fareham, is a former soldier in the Royal Artillery.

He will be heading to London for the ceremony on Remembrance Sunday.

He spent eight years in the military serving in Cyprus and Aden and during the Suez Crisis in Egypt.

Mr Strickland lost his sight after leaving the army when he was a map-maker.

He has since been supported by the sight charity Blind Veterans UK.

‘A lot of the time, guys like me feel uncertain of our future, and Blind Veterans UK has helped us get back our independence,’ he said.

Now he will be representing the charity this Sunday as part of the Remembrance proceedings.

He said: ‘The crowds are terrific and we march with Blind Veterans UK with pride. I look forward to it every year.’

If you know a veteran who has lost their sight and could be helped by the nation-wide charity visit noonealone.org.uk.