Veteran’s joy as pals fund army reunion

Glen Tyson, centre with denim jacket, and friends in the Upper George, Halifax after receiving money for army reunion.
Glen Tyson, centre with denim jacket, and friends in the Upper George, Halifax after receiving money for army reunion.

A veteran will get to attend his army reunion after friends rallied together to fundraise and surprise him.

Glen Tyson, who served in the army for 15 years, had two strokes in one week 18 months ago and has had to stop working.

Since then he has been suffering from side-effects - meaning that he couldn’t afford to go to the reunion in Scotland.

When friends Bryn Arundale and Anj Ward heard this, they made the decision to pay for his hotel room for the reunion but travel costs still had to be met.

So, friends of Glen gathered and managed to raise £200 to fund the trip as a surprise.

“I could have cried when they gave me the money. I was surprised and shocked,” said Glen.

“Being in the army was the best job that I ever did and if I could relive my life again, I would do the exact same thing. I have no regrets,” he added.

Glen was 17-years-old when he first started serving in the army and spent the majority of his time in Germany and stated that he was the youngest serving soldier at that time as “you had to be 17 and a half to go” - he was two months short of the required age.

Bryn, who has been friends with Glen for more than 30-years, said: “Glen said to me that it would be nice to have gone up to the reunion and it got me thinking.

“From there, it snowballed and we decided to raise the money so that he could go up,” he said.

“My father died from a stroke in 2003 so this is close to home.”

The reunion is on this weekend and Bryn is travelling up with Glen as his carer and will be driven up by Matthew Allen and Gail Brannigan.

Glen said: “I am looking forward to going up and seeing my old friends who I haven’t seen or spoken to for a long time.”