YOUNG people in the North-East are to meet veterans from the Second World War today in an event aimed at bridging the gap between the generations.

The group of veterans, which includes civilians as well as people who saw action during the war, has been asked to recount their experiences during the conflict to young people from Stockton at a meeting in the town.

The event has been organised as part of a nationwide project to help educate youngsters about what life was like during the war and to give veterans a better understanding of the experience of young people today.

The National Lottery-funded project, called Their Past Your Future, will try to document the experiences of war veterans and will include visits to battle sites in France later this year.

Across the North-East, education authorities have received nearly £50,000 in funding towards the project.

The meeting was due to take place at the Citizen and Democracy headquarters, in Silver Street, Stockton.