Runnymede signs armed forces covenant
A covenant strengthening links between a Surrey borough and the armed forces has been signed by military personnel and civilian representatives.
Defence secretary Philip Hammond, MP for Runnymede and Weybridge, also signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant at Runnymede Civic Centre.
"The community are keen to deliver real support for the armed services," said council leader Patrick Roberts.
"We will look forward to reviewing our progress in the months to come."'Cement position'
The borough council said the signatories would be building on schemes such as discounts offered to service personnel through Runnymede Business Partnership's loyalty card.
Among those who signed on Friday were Suzanne Rankin, chief nurse of Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals and Col Ingrid Rolland, deputy commander 2 (SE) brigade.
Canon Peter Bruinvels, Surrey County Council's civilian-military liaison officer, said the covenant would cement the armed forces' position within Runnymede.
"The covenant signing continues the area's strong association with our brave servicemen and women," he said.