Hats off to Bury Council

#1
More good news from Bury of all places as featured in the Manchester Evening News yesterday. Are we seeing a significant and positive change in the public perception of the armed forces?

Soldiers get fit for free
Paul Britton
20/11/2007

SOLDIERS can go on exercises they really enjoy - by using a town's sports centres for free. Serving squaddies, sailors and airmen are being offered the chance to work out and swim by Bury council.

The service is to honour the sacrifices made by our forces - and celebrate the town's strong links with them.

Council bosses say the scheme could be extended to include former personnel.

Council leader Bob Bibby said: "Members of the armed services face extraordinary risks for the good of our country and often don't get the recognition they deserve.

"Bury has a proud tradition of being associated with the services and long may that association continue. By taking this step we are doing what we can to show our appreciation and admiration for their bravery, and our gratitude for what they do.

"A lot of people do not acknowledge the work of servicemen and women. My great nephew is going to join the RAF and I am very proud of him. These people give everything for their country while we sit pretty."

A £3.4m project to move the regimental museum of the Lancashire Fusiliers from the Wellington Army barracks to Bury Arts and Craft Centre is underway.

The Lancashire Fusiliers famously won `six Victoria Crosses before breakfast' in the First World War's Gallipoli landings of 1915. The museum's new home - which includes artefacts belonging to Emperor Napoleon - is expected to open within a year.

Lt Col Mike Glover, museum curator, welcomed the free exercise plan.

He said: "This shows the strong links between the services and Bury. The initiative is much appreciated. It acknowledges the sacrifices that today's armed forces make for this country. It is also a good way of keeping fit."
 

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#2
It's the small gestures that make a difference. The cost to Bury is likely to be very small but it gives the right message.
 
#3
Now the ball is rolling we need as individuals to show our appreciation for this and other efforts. I personally, intend to write to both this Council and ONE Railway, and thank them for their support.

Perhaps BAFF could also send a 'collective' response?

PAW
 
#4
Well done Bury council. It looks like there is an increasing awareness and willingness to acknowledge what the troops are doing in their name by the public at large, and long may it continue.
 
#5
Just an added one .... Hats off also to Rushmoor Council for the Welcome Home banners on the bridge for 1IG! :clap:
 
#7
i have written the council as i live in the area and have attended the Local TAC for the last 9 years. It is a truly amazing offer for our council to make and i think it is unprecedented. I have written to thank them and will gladly take up the offer.

Can i say that Bury Council have been extremely supportive of the towns Fusilier Museum fundraising campaign.

The two together show a definite change in attitudes towards the armed forces by traditionally left wing socialist councils. Long may it continue.
 
#9
Congratulatory comment sent.
 
#10
Top one Bury Council.

Just emailed my local council (Kirklees), asking if they will do the same. Will post response, if I get one!.

Come on lads, get emailing.
 
#11
Emailed them too have also emailed my own council to see what they can do as well.
 
#13
Just a small question:

'A £3.4m project to move the regimental museum of the Lancashire Fusiliers from the Wellington Army barracks to Bury Arts and Craft Centre is underway.'

Why are they having to move the museum from Wellington Barracks - has New Liarbour flogged another Barracks off to their developer chums or is there a more innocent reason?
 
#15
mnairb said:
Just a small question:

'A £3.4m project to move the regimental museum of the Lancashire Fusiliers from the Wellington Army barracks to Bury Arts and Craft Centre is underway.'

Why are they having to move the museum from Wellington Barracks - has New Liarbour flogged another Barracks off to their developer chums or is there a more innocent reason?
yes the old site at Wellington barracks is being sold off but from what many of the staff have told me it was bursting at the seams and they needed to expand to do the exhibits justice. The Fusilier memorial is also being moved to a site next to the new museum. the Veterans of the Lancashire Fusiliers paraded there for the last time on Remembrance Sunday 2007. The Fusilier Association bar is to close which is sad but was more of a local pub than anything else.
 
#17
I've just emailed all the members of the London Assembly, my local council and my MP to request that London does the same as Bury. If we all email our local councils, maybe we can make this a nation-wide policy.
 
#18
Fullsome praise sent to Bury Council via the "comments" linky thing.

Bloody good show!!! :lol: :lol: :lol:
 
#19
i really do think we need to take this as an opportunity to get all our local councils to jump on Bury's bandwagon. If a small cashstrapped council in the north of England can do it why not all of them.

all it takes is for all of you to cite Bury's example and see what happens. its good publicity for them and for the armed forces. all winners.
 
#20
fusilier50 said:
all it takes is for all of you to cite Bury's example and see what happens.
That is precisely what I've done:


Dear All,


Following the wonderful example of Bury Council (see link: http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1024955_soldiers_get_fit_for_free ), I write to ask that London extend the same offer to all members of Her Majesty's Armed Forces - regular and reserve; current and former serving personnel. Given all that these men and women sacrifice in terms of time away from their families, as well as putting their lives on the line in service of their country, it seems the least that we can do to show them our appreciation for their efforts.

I look forward to your responses regarding this matter.


Yours sincerely,

Dozy Bint
 

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