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Out of Line Text: Max Houghton | Photographs: Stuart Griffiths
Patrol in West Belfast, 1990
On patrol in East Tyrone, 1992
The first thing former paratrooper Stuart Griffiths was made aware of when he was granted a room at the New Belvedere Hostel for ex-servicemen was the rules; no alcohol, no drugs. It was instantly apparent that most residents were dependent on one or both. The second thing he noticed was the blue fake-leather chairs – standard army issue. When he finally lay down his head, after months of sleeping in doorways and under bushes, the bed had a familiar feel about it too. It was a home from army home: hard but vulnerable men living in an institution with little contact with the outside world...
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