Navy chief praises town's commitment to Forces' covenant

Published Tuesday, 26th June 2018

THE head of the Royal Navy in the north of England praised Hartlepool and stressed the vital importance of community support for servicemen and women past and present when he visited the town.

Commodore Phil Waterhouse, Naval Regional Commander Northern England and Isle of Man, and Warrant Officer 1 Terence Miller, the Navy’s Regional Development Manager, Northern England, were welcomed to Civic Centre by the Mayor of Hartlepool Councillor Allan Barclay and Hartlepool Borough Council’s Chief Executive Gill Alexander.

The Council is a signatory to the Armed Forces Covenant – the pledge by the nation that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, will be treated with fairness and respect in the community. It also holds the Silver Award in the Covenant’s Employer Recognition Scheme.

Navy visit

Councillor Barclay welcomes Commodore Waterhouse and Warrant Officer 1 Miller

The town is flying the flag for Reserves Day today and will mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday 7th July.

Commodore Waterhouse said: “Our old foe Napoleon used to say that he could get a soldier to do anything for him if he promised him a medal.

“Nowadays we believe we will do anything for this country if we have the support of the community we serve – that’s why the Armed Forces Covenant is so important.

“Hartlepool has really thrown itself into supporting the Covenant, which is marvellous, and I hope people of all ages will act as ambassadors for the Covenant and help spread the word about it far and wide.”

Councillor Allan Barclay, who is also the Council’s Armed Forces Champion, added: “Generations of Hartlepool people have served with distinction in our Armed Forces, and many have made the ultimate sacrifice.

“That’s why it’s so important that, not just on Reserves Day and Armed Forces Day but right throughout the year, we remember the bravery and devotion of our servicemen and women and do everything we can to treat them and their families with the respect which they so richly deserve.”

For more information about the Armed Forces Covenant click here and for details of Hartlepool Armed Forces Day click here.