Golf North East is helping to bring the feeling of home to one British serviceman in the middle east. Sgt Craig Newton of the Coldstream Guards is from Newcastle but is currently serving in war-torn Afghanistan.
To make life feel a bit better through a difficult time, Craig's god-parents, Tom and Katy Barton, who live in North Heaton and are members at Newcastle United Golf Club, send him every copy of Golf North East.
Craig, who is aged 30 and has been in the Coldstreams for 12 years, is a keen golfer but his role in the army doesn't give him a great deal of time to play at present.
Katy said: "He loves golf and he loves to read Golf North East. He's served all over the world, including Ireland, Germany and Iraq, and we always send him the magazine to remind him of home and cheer him up a bit.
"I know he really appreciates it and he just enjoys reading all the stories every month about people in our region.
"We like to send the magazine to a few friends we have outside the region. They don't tend to have anything like it where they live and everyone thinks it's great. We are just so proud to come from the North East and the magazine really does us proud in showing what a brilliant region this is."
Tom and Katy have been members at Newcastle United for over 30 years and play several times every week.
Katy added: "We're huge golf fans; we play all over the North East area from the Borders down to North Yorkshire. We have some great courses in the region and we've probably passed some of our enthusiasm on to Craig.
"We love playing at Newcastle united too, which is why we were so pleased to see it featured in the course review section in Golf North East last month. The course has improved enormously in the time we've been members. There were hardly any trees at all 30 years ago and the cows were always getting on the course. But it's a super place to be a member these days."