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97 East of England authorities sign Community Covenant

 Left to Right David Atterbury Sandra Whiles Ernie White and Lt Col David Dawber. Image by Sgt Brian Gamble; Crown copyrightAll 97 local authorities across the East Midlands and East Anglia have now signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

The significant milestone was marked when Blaby District Council in Leicestershire became the final council to sign the Community Covenant in the East Midlands. The signing comes days ahead of a homecoming parade by the 9/12th Lancers who will march through the streets of Leicester on Sunday, 29th June to mark their return home from Afghanistan.

Lieutenant Colonel David Dawber, Head of Engagement at 49(East) Brigade, added his signature to the covenant alongside Blaby District Council Leader Ernie White, Chief Executive Sandra Whiles and County Chairman of Leicestershire and Rutland Royal British Legion David Atterbury.

The Armed Forces Community Covenant is a voluntary statement of mutual support between the civilian community and its Armed Forces community and sets out mutual obligations, with the central pledge that Councils will look after its armed forces, veterans and their families.

Organisations including local and city Councils can bid to the Ministry of Defence for grants of up to £250,000 to help strengthen the ties between the Armed Forces and the local community.

Prior to the signing of the Community Covenant local dignitaries and veterans joined serving personnel to witness the raising of the Armed Forces Day flag.

Video: Sword Beach veteran remembers D-Day horrors

Ted Varley, from Charlton, Yorkshire, one of the first men to land on Sword Beach, reminisces about his experiences while part of 3rd Division Signal Regiment on 6th June 1944 during a visit to the beach for the D-Day 70 Commemorations.

A memorial event was held at the 3 Divisional Memorial at La Breche, attended by a small number of veterans and 120 serving soldiers from today's 3rd (UK) Division.

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Army Photographer Sgt Tom Robinson RLC (right) and Capt Johanna Timmerann (center) interviewing Capt Ciaron Dyer (left) during a IED clearence patrol.

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