EVERY council in South Yorkshire will have signed up from this week to an armed forces Community Covenant to support military personnel – and Barnsley makes the agreement today.
Sheffield, Rotherham and Doncaster have already made the pledge.
And after Barnsley Council signs up, every local authority in Yorkshire will have made the undertaking – making the county the first region in the UK to do so.
A ceremony is due to take place at Barnsley Town Hall today, where council leader Coun Steve Houghton will add his name to the covenant.
It comes after the Light Dragoons held a homecoming parade last Tuesday.
Brigadier Greville Bibby, commander of the Army’s 15 North East Brigade, Commander David Pickthall, chief of staff, Naval Regional Commander for Northern England, and RAF Squadron Leader Phil Todd, of Recruiting North, will attend.
Brigadier Bibby said: “The fact we are the first regional brigade in the UK to have every council signed up clearly demonstrates the great significance that Yorkshire and the North East place on the armed forces.
“Barnsley has always been a forces-friendly town, with the local community supporting military personnel both past and present.
“The covenant will help cement that support at a local level and ensure that our armed forces, veterans and their families have the assistance they need.”
Coun Houghton said: “Barnsley is delighted to add its signature to those of a growing number of local authorities across the county.
“The people of Barnsley have always been extremely grateful and proud of those men and women in the forces.
“Our signing of the covenant is an opportunity to recognise, formally, our commitment to support those involved with and leaving the forces.”