Mark proud to meet Weeton soldiers

MARK Menzies says he was honoured and humbled to visit make his first official visit to Weeton Barracks.

The Fylde MP visited the camp to meet soldiers, their families and commanders from 2nd Battalion the Yorkshire Regiment (2 YORKS) along with local councillors, John Singleton and Cheryl Little.

During the visit they discussed the problems faced by families, the vast majority of whom have relocated to Fylde from elsewhere in the country, including everything from the economy to child care and access to medical treatment.

He also presented gallantry certificates to a number of soldiers for their work during a recent tour of Afghanistan.

Mr Menzies said: “It’s always a privilege to meet our heroes and thank them for what they are doing for our country.

“The role they played on their recent tour in training the Afghan National Army (ANA) is absolutely vital and it’s truly a very humbling honour to meet them.

“It’s also very interesting to hear from the wives and families of soldiers about the issues they face and I intend to do everything I can to assist them.

“My door is always open and I have already heard from a number of families who I will be trying to help in the coming weeks.

“I was also hugely impressed by the work of Coun Singleton in liaising with the families, many of whom face problems, as we all do, in moving to a new area, and trying to help them where possible.

“He is a credit to his ward and it is always good to see local councillors taking a proactive role in helping the people they represent.”

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