Veteran paratrooper receives VIP treatment

Tom Farquhar was given the VIP treatment at his care home by former soldiers of the Parachute Regiment after an appeal by one of his carers.

A former paratrooper battling dementia was given a new lease of life after a surprise visit from his ‘Airborne brothers’.

Care assistant Linzi Murdoch wrote to the regimental association: "I am reaching out to you as we have an 81-year- old gentleman Tom, who served in The Parachute Regiment and his service with the armed forces is very important to him”.

Former sergeant Terry - who served four tours of duty in Northern Ireland during 12 years in 2 Para, 2nd battalion, the Parachute Regiment – was quick to respond.

Terry, of the Glasgow branch of the Parachute Regimental Association, said: “Tom is part of the Airborne Brotherhood and always will be.

“When we got the email, we were determined to help out.

“Tom served in 15 PARA and 33rd Battery, Royal Artillery, as a National Serviceman.

“Once a paratrooper, always a paratrooper. It was great to go there and hear his stories. It was really good to see him perk up and chat”.