CURRY lovers have been tucking into lunch in aid of a charity support soldiers, veterans and their families.

The Big Curry event was held by Finchale Group, a charity which supports veterans, ex-offenders and disadvantaged groups, held the lunch to raise money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

Members of 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery attended the event to serve up curry from a military style field kitchen, helping to raise £543.

Finchale chief executive Mel Pears said: “ABF The Soldiers’ Charity has supported Finchale Group over the past five years to provide specialist tailored support to army veterans from the North-East.”

“The Big Curry is a fun and tasty way for us to say ‘thank you’ whilst supporting The Soldiers’ Charity’s work to provide funding and support to soldiers, veterans and their families. I’m extremely proud to be handing over this cheque.

“We were delighted that 101st (Northumbrian) Regiment Royal Artillery agreed to support the event this year demonstrating the capability and professionalism of our British Army Reserves and the vital roles they play in both the community and wider defence.”

The event is part of a UK wide campaign, which comes from the British Army’s love-longstanding love of curry.