Veterans film tribute backed by Salmond

From The Scotsman

FIRST Minister Alex Salmond has urged Scotland's main TV stations to air a video tribute featuring an Edinburgh war hero over Remembrance weekend.

Mr Salmond wrote to the BBC, STV and Borders TV on behalf of Poppyscotland to promote an "extremely moving and compelling piece of work" by a former soldier.
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Mat Durham, 22, who served three six-month tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, started making videos and releasing them on YouTube as a mark of respect to the men who died in the conflicts.

Jim Panton, CEO of Poppyscotland, saw one of Mat's videos on the internet and asked if he would consider making another one for this year's Poppy Appeal.

The end result is a seven-minute tribute that pays particular respect to Capital man Corporal Mark Wright, who received the George Cross after being killed in a mine field in Afghanistan.

Mr Salmond saw the video last month, and has now written to Scottish broadcasting companies urging them to show it. He wrote: "I personally believe that this piece of work deserves as wide a distribution as is possible in the run up to Remembrance Day."

• The video can be seen here

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