Posted: Mon 20th Mar 2017

Mayor Welcomes Armed Forces Veterans To Gathering At Guildhall

This article is old - Published: Monday, Mar 20th, 2017

Scores of veterans attended a reception at the Wrexham Guildhall last week. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

The event was organised by Wrexham Mayor Cllr John Pritchard; Cllr David Griffiths, Armed Forces Champion for Wrexham, and Keith Pritchard, Chairman of the Wrexham Branch of the Royal Navy Association. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Attendees were given a speech by Cllr Pritchard in the Council Chamber, before being served refreshments. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

During the event, Cllr Pritchard was also presented with a shield on behalf of the Royal Navy Association. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr John Pritchard, the Mayor of Wrexham, said: “During my tenure as the Mayor, I’ve attended a lot of events where many of Wrexham’s veterans have been in attendance. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“But I noticed that while I’d had the fortune to meet Wrexham’s veterans, I’d never once been at an event where they were all in attendance. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“Wrexham’s veteran community spans generations, with men and women having served in a number of different conflicts throughout the past 75 years. Each and every member of that community deserves our gratitude, and I wanted to hold an event where they were all welcomed and had the chance to meet one another. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“And fundamentally, I just wanted to thank them for everything they’ve done.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Cllr David Griffiths, Armed Forces Champion for Wrexham Council, said: “The contributions made by the Armed Forces Community to Wrexham cannot be overstated, and the debt that we owe them cannot be exaggerated. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

“I’m very grateful to Cllr Pritchard and to Keith Pritchard for having organised this event.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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