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Former Green Howard’s funeral is taking place at Teesside Crematorium in Middlesbrough this afternoon.
The funeral of former Green Howard Frederick Leach is taking place in Middlesbrough this afternoon.
Hundreds of people pledged to attend the 94-year-old Second World War veteran’s service at Teesside Crematorium in Acklam after word spread on social media that few mourners were initially expected.
The Gazette’s Dave Robson is at today’s service and will be meeting some of those gathering before and after Mr Leach is laid to rest.
The words from the vicar’s eulogy are extracts reproduced from a copy sent to the Gazette in advance of today’s funeral service.

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