Representatives from Peterborough’s armed forces community, Peterborough City Council and the city’s residents took part in a special ceremony to ratify the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

It is hoped the Covenant will encourage city residents to support Peterborough’s armed forces. It was signed by the Mayor of Peterborough Coun George Simons, Commanding Officer of RAF Wittering Group Captain Richard Hill, who signed on behalf of the Armed Forces community, Leader of the Council Coun Marco Cereste and Gillian Beasley, the Chief Executive of Peterborough City Council, in front of senior military officers and city dignitaries at Peterborough Town Hall.

Community Covenants complement, at a 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 among the public of issues affecting the armed forces community.

The Mayor of Peterborough, Coun George Simons said: “This is the start of greater joint working between the civilian and Armed Forces communities and I am delighted that this is happening in my year of office.”

This view was supported by Coun Marco Cereste who added: “RAF Wittering is a vital part of the greater Peterborough community. We highly value the dedication and sacrifice the Armed Forces have made and continue to make to keep us safe.”

Station Commander Group Captain Richard Hill said: “This recognises the bond between the Armed Forces community and the City of Peterborough. I look forward to playing our part to strengthen our relationship with the people of Peterborough.”


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