Royal Borough welcomes the King's Troop

By Louisa Emery on February 9, 2012 3:40 PM |

royal covanent142.JPGThe King's Troop Royal Artillery was welcomed to its new Woolwich home yesterday with a special covenant cementing the borough's support for the armed forces.

Members of Greenwich council, local dignitaries and senior military officers signed a voluntary statement at Napier Lines, the purpose built equestrian centre at Woolwich Garrison on Repository Road.

Leader of the Council Chris Roberts said: "We are delighted to sign this special covenant with the Armed Forces which seals our commitment to support these valued members of the Royal Borough community. We are extremely proud of our strong association with the military and we recognise the huge contribution and the sacrifices made by our local Armed Forces personnel."

The covenant is intended to encourage the Greenwich residents and armed forces personal, families and veterans based in the area to work alongside one another.

Commodore Atherton said, "For the Armed Forces and their families who work and live in the Royal Borough, it is vitally important to know that we enjoy the support of the local community.

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"The experience over many years among forces stationed in the Royal Borough - notably at the Barracks in Woolwich - is that local residents and businesses have very strong feelings of support and loyalty towards the forces and the role that they play. The Community Covenant which we have signed today helps to formalise that relationship and support."