A COUNCILLOR given a new role to celebrate the contribution of the armed services has met with veterans.
Members of Hartlepool Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) welcomed Hartlepool Borough Councillor Allan Barclay, the authority’s Armed Forces Champion.
Coun Barclay was invited by the branch chairman, Dave Stacey, to its monthly meeting.
The councillor had the chance to outline his role and responsibilities as the Armed Forces Champion for Hartlepool.
Coun Barclay told the meeting that the council is committed to developing a strong working relationship with the armed forces and ex-service associations living in Hartlepool.
He said the local authority has signed up to the North East Forces Community Charter and developed, in co-operation with public bodies and representatives of the Armed Services, the Hartlepool Armed Forces Community Covenant.
The Covenant will give support to the armed forces and ex-servicemen and servicewomen in areas that include housing, health, social care and employment.
Coun Barclay told the RAFA members that he sees his role as acting as a liaison between the council and the armed forces and ex-service people living in Hartlepool.
He also said he had served in the Regular Army Royal Engineers and had served several times on RAF stations in Germany.
Mr Stacey said: “I thanked Coun Barclay for his attendance and his informative talk.”
The branch remains very active, particularly in providing welfare support.
Last year its volunteer welfare officers made 120 visits in Hartlepool to homes, hospitals, care and residential homes helping more than 50 ex-RAF veterans and families.
The next meeting of the branch is at 7pm on Tuesday, November 25 at Ye Olde Durhams Social Club, in St Aidan’s Street. To find out more, call 07907 874654 or see www.hartlepoolrafa.com.