PUBLIC, business and voluntary sectors in Hartlepool all came together to demonstrate their commitment to the Armed Forces.
Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond and Hartlepool Borough Council chairman Councillor Stephen Akers-Belcher were among the audience at a special ceremony recognising and remembering the sacrifices made by Armed Forces personnel.
Hartlepool is the latest UK town to sign up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant, a demonstration of the town’s support for the brave personnel who serve or who have served in the forces.
Hartlepool Borough Council, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust, Cleveland Police, Housing Hartlepool and Hartlepool College of Further Education are just some of the organisations to sign the covenant.
Figures from each organisation to represent their support gathered at the signing ceremony at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.
Nicola Bailey, the council’s acting chief executive, said it was a privilege and a pleasure to welcome everyone for the signing of the covenant.
Mrs Bailey said: “The covenant is a statement of mutual support between the Armed Forces and all the organisations signing up to it and sets out how we will support the Armed Forces in Hartlepool.
“The number of organisations signing up to the covenant is a demonstration of their commitment to the Armed Forces and when approached all the organisations had no hesitation in signing up.”
Mrs Bailey said the council will now “pick up the pace” in terms of its links with Armed Forces personnel.
During the ceremony the Army gave a presentation displaying its work around the world.
Lieutenant Colonel Adkins, of 102 Battalion REME (V), said: “We value tremendously what Hartlepool has done as a town in signing the covenant.
“Armed Forces personnel come from your community and when we are deployed on operations around the world we really do rely on your support.
“We place enormous significance on the signing of the covenant.”
The full list of organisations to sign the covenant is the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Hartlepool Borough Council, North Tees & Hartlepool NHS Trust, NHS Hartlepool, Cleveland Police, Cleveland Fire Brigade, Durham Tees Valley Probation Trust, Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Trust, Housing Hartlepool, Hartlepool College of Further Education, Hartlepool & Stockton-on-Tees NHS Clinical Commissioning Group, Hartlepool Economic Forum and Hartlepool Voluntary Development Agency.