Town supports Armed Forces

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A LOCAL authority will link up with several partnership organisations this evening to show support for the Armed Forces.

Hartlepool Borough Council and several partner organisations representing the public, business and voluntary sectors will sign up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant at a ceremony at Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience.

Hartlepool will be the latest UK town to commit to the Covenant which is a demonstration of the town’s support for the Armed Forces both past and present and to recognise and remember the sacrifices made by Armed Forces personnel.

The signing ceremony will take place before an invited audience at the marina attraction.

Hartlepool Mayor Stuart Drummond said: “Hartlepool has a very long and proud tradition of supporting the Armed Forces and I am delighted that so many public, private and voluntary sector organisations have agreed to sign the agreement.

“I think it is imperative that we do all we can to show we value the important contribution of the Armed Forces in keeping us safe, and to support them all we can when they return home to their local communities.”

The full list of organisations signing the Covenant is the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Air Force, Hartlepool 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.

A spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said: “The Community Covenant is intended to complement, at local level, the Armed Forces Covenant, which outlines the moral obligation between the nation, the Government and the Armed Forces.

“The aim of the Community Covenant is to encourage local communities to support the Service community in their area and promote understanding and awareness amongst the public of issues affecting the Armed Forces Community.”