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Bit of a fanfare as covenant re-signing strikes a chord

06 July 2017

Covenant signatures

Rochdale Borough Council helped strike the right chord when political leaders from across Greater Manchester reaffirmed their commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant.

Fanfare trumpeters marked the historic moment, ensuring the Greater Manchester Combined Authority meeting at Number One Riverside ended on a high note.

The important military document was re-signed and refreshed by 10 council leaders, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham and Ministry of Defence officials.

It was a proud moment for Rochdale which led the way when it signed the Armed Forces Covenant in 2012, encouraging communities to support services that promote and encourage activities that help military and ex-military personnel.

The re-signing of the covenant will ensure troops and veterans across Greater Manchester will be at the centre of public services in key areas like regeneration, health and housing.

Councillor Alan McCarthy, the council's lead member for the armed forces, said: "This was an historic and moving moment and a proud day for Rochdale. We have led the way on armed forces issues over the years, so it was fitting we played host to the re-signing of the covenant.

"The fanfare trumpeters added a touch of class to proceedings and the armed forces can be reassured that support and help for current and ex-military personnel is a key issue locally and regionally."

Major Braddock, Battery Commander, 209th Battalion, 103 Regiment Royal Artillery said: "It was great moment for the armed forces community. Well done to Rochdale for hosting an historic day and putting on such a great show. I was thrilled to see council across Greater Manchester reaffirming their commitment to such an important cause."