Fylde MP visits Cyprus to meet latest Weeton Barracks tenants

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Mark Menzies MP has visited Cyprus to meet the new tenants of a Fylde army base.

The Member of Parliament spent time at the Royal Air Force’s base at Akrotiri and had the opportunity to speak to some of the troops from the 1st Battalion, Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, who will be based at Weeton Barracks from 2018.

They will replace the 2nd Battalion, Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, which has made Weeton its home for the last five years.

Mr Menzies was visiting Cyprus as part of the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, a programme set up to give Members of Parliament experience of the military.

He said: “I spoke to a number of soldiers who are looking forward to making Fylde their home for a few years while they are based at Weeton.

“I was able to assure them they will receive a fantastic welcome from members of the Fylde community.

“I was also able to pass on news about the new state-of-the-art primary school being built on the barracks for the soldiers’ children to attend, for which I, and others, have been campaigning for a number of years.

“The Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme was set up to give Members who have not served in the military the chance to see first-hand the important roles our service-people carry out, something which is invaluable when making decisions which may affect the future of the forces.

“It was great to have the opportunity to speak to some of these soldiers about any issues they might have, which we can then report back to the relevant Minister to ensure our troops are getting the support they deserve.”

 

PICTURE: Fylde MP Mark Menzies on a visit to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus where he met members of the 1st Battalion, Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, who will be based at Weeton Barracks from 2018

 

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