Chichester covenant to support armed forces

Signing the Armed Forces Covenant are Col Gary Jones 16th Regiment, and District Council Chairman Martyn Bell, alongside Cllr John Ridd.14LASEP23d-1 PPP-140923-161547006
Signing the Armed Forces Covenant are Col Gary Jones 16th Regiment, and District Council Chairman Martyn Bell, alongside Cllr John Ridd.14LASEP23d-1 PPP-140923-161547006

A PLEDGE was made this week that Chichester would commit to supporting those who serve in the armed forces.

Chichester District Council chairman Martyn Bell signed an armed forces covenant, along with Lieutenant Colonel Gary Jones, saying armed forces personnel and their families in the Chichester district would have easy access to support from the council.

Before the pledge was signed, the council’s armed forces champion, Cllr John Ridd, gave a speech to a crowded council chamber at East Pallant House.

Speaking afterwards, he said the covenant was to make sure those who came to the area with an armed forces background got the support they needed.

“As an ex-officer, I’m very keen to pursue that,” 
he said.

“I think there’s a tremendous show of support from members here, which was marvellous.”

Lt Col Jones told the assembled people: “I’ve been overwhelmed with the support for the covenant in Chichester and West Sussex. It’s the expression of the national obligation the government and the nation owe to those who have served in the armed forces and their families.”

He said he looked forward to building the covenant in the Chichester area.