Bristol City Council has signed an Armed Forces Community Covenant to ensure that Bristol-based members of the Armed Forces – Regulars, Reservists, veterans and their families –have access to the services they need.
The aim is to ensure they can live and fully participate in their local community.
It recognises that armed services personnel, along with their partners and children, sometimes have special requirements owing to the nature of the military’s work. It also acknowledges that, for some, the transition to civilian life can be difficult after the structured nature of a military career.
The first signature on the Covenant was that of Bristol’s elected Mayor, George Ferguson, who said: “It is important that Bristol recognises the contribution of those who have served with the Royal Navy, the Army or RAF and we do everything we can to meet their or their families’ need for schooling, health and housing.
Other signatories included the Lord-Lieutenant of Bristol, Mary Prior MBE, the Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Alastair Watson, Commander Tom Herman (Royal Navy), Lieutenant-Colonel Howard Wilkinson (43 Brigade, the Army) and Air Commodore Neville Parton (RAF).
The Lord-Lieutenant and the Lord Mayor were among dignitaries who gathered beforehand to mark the start of Armed Forces Week with the raising of the Armed Forces flag outside City Hall.
Bristol’s Reserve Forces were represented by the Royal Naval Reserve (HMS Flying Fox), Royal Marines Reserve, 6 RIFLES, 266 (Gloucestershire Volunteer) Battery, Royal Artillery, 243 (Wessex) Field Hospital and 7 Military Intelligence Battalion,
Bristol will be celebrating Armed Forces Day on Sunday 29 June from noon to 6pm in Queen Square. For more information visit www.bristol.gov.uk/armedforcesday