Sunderland shows support for armed forces

The Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Stuart Porthouse, joins Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Armed Forces Champion Coun Harry Trueman, to welcome, from left, Wing Commander Richard Sharpe (RAF Boulmer), Colonel Mike Butterwick (4 Infantry Brigade), and Commander Tony Rackham (HMS Ocean) to the reception in the Mayor's Parlour.

The Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Stuart Porthouse, joins Deputy Leader of Sunderland City Council and Armed Forces Champion Coun Harry Trueman, to welcome, from left, Wing Commander Richard Sharpe (RAF Boulmer), Colonel Mike Butterwick (4 Infantry Brigade), and Commander Tony Rackham (HMS Ocean) to the reception in the Mayor's Parlour.

0
Have your say

SUNDERLAND City Council showed its support for the armed forces with a special civic reception.

The military-themed event was hosted by Mayor of Sunderland, Coun Stuart Porthouse, in the Mayor’s Parlour.

Many of our crew are from Sunderland, and it is re-assuring for them all to know that their families at home are being so well supported by the community.

It was attended by guests including representatives from the city’s adopted ship HMS Ocean, adopted regiment the 4 Regiment (Royal Artillery) and other branches of the armed forces with strong local connections, including the 4th Infantry Brigade, 5th Regiment of the Royal Fusiliers, RAF Leeming and RAF Boulmer.

Second in Command at HMS Ocean, Commander Tony Rackham, said: “Maintaining the close links between our ship and the city is incredibly helpful and important.

“Many of our crew are from Sunderland, and it is re-assuring for them all to know that their families at home are being so well supported by the community.”

Flight Lieutenant Dan Jones from RAF Careers, added: “I think events like this are vitally important in further strengthening our close relationships with the city.

“It helps remind veterans that the local community is here to support them, and also to raise awareness of the opportunities available for local people within the armed forces.”

Coun Porthouse said: “We arranged this civic reception, not only to pay tribute to their service on our behalf, but also to re-affirm our continued, future support.

“We’re very proud in Sunderland of our military tradition, and close relationship with some of the country’s finest regiments and ship’s crews.

“We hope to continue to both commemorate and celebrate those close links, working together to make sure civic events like Remembrance Parade and the Sunderland Airshow remain landmark occasions.”