David Watson was a soldier in the Royal Engineers. He was raised in Whickham, went to school there and his family still lives there. He was on active service in Afghanistan and it was whilst on duty on New Year's Eve that he tragically lost his life to a road side bomb at the age of 23. He went there to save lives and did so by making the ultimate sacrifice himself.
His funeral service was held today in St Mary's Church in Whickham. I attended. So did hundreds of others. Outside the church, hundreds of residents also gathered to pay their last respect.
David Watson RIP