North East Derbyshire District Council once again showed their support to the Armed Forces Veterans in the District, by treating them to a visit to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby.
The Veterans saw many types of military aircraft on the day, had chance to speak to RAF officials and engineers who, amazingly, help keep all of these aircraft in service to this day.
The trip enabled many of the veterans to get together, share their stories and appreciate the courage and bravery of those who flew these incredible machines.
The Council’s ongoing support for the Armed Forces Veterans Community has been felt widely across the District. The authority has been visiting veterans at home, making sure they have the support they need and access to appropriate housing, adaptions and affordable heating.
Councillor Martin Thacker, Leader of the Council said, “Having the chance to visit RAF Coningsby and share this day with our Armed Forces Veterans was a special moment for me personally.”
“As a local authority we are working hard to make sure we provide the appropriate care for the veterans who served us, and now we have a duty to ensure we provide the right care and attention for their needs.”
“This visit provided the opportunity for many veterans to meet and re-acquaint, telling incredible stories and appreciating the heroism showed by all. We are incredibly proud to support our Armed Forces Community, and it was an honour to be with them on this visit.”
North East Derbyshire District Council are working with partners to organise VE Day 75 Year Anniversary events in May 2020 and will be once again working with the Armed Forces Community for this event.