Southside Shopping Centre marks Armed Forced Day


Wandsworth Council signed the Armed Forces Community Covenant in a show of support.


By David Wright

Wandsworth Council has underlined its support to the borough’s military units by signing the Armed Forces Community Covenant last Saturday in the town hall.

Councillors were joined by ambassadors from all three armed services to sign the covenant, which assures shared support between local forces and the community they are a part of.

Wandsworth’s Southside Shopping Centre hosted an event beforehand to mark Armed Forces Day, with visitors treated to interactive military games, such as a mini assault course and IQ tests.

A spokesman for Southside said: “We are proud to have supported both the armed forces and Wandsworth Council with this worthy event.

“It was a fantastic opportunity to see the armed forces up close and for them to highlight the work they do. It’s great that they were able to use Southside to connect with the community of Wandsworth.”

During the festive event on Saturday, June 30, the centre enjoyed a series of moving pieces from the London Scottish Pipes and Drums.

Leader of the council, Councillor Ravi Govindia, said: “Wandsworth is proud to support the brave men and women who risk their lives in defence of our country.

“At a time when incredibly high demands are being placed on our armed forces and their families, councils should be doing all they can to support servicemen and women on the home front, as illustrated by our housing policy.

Earlier this year, two ex-soldiers were the first to move into new council homes under the council’s policy of giving armed forces recruits a higher priority on its housing waiting lists.

He continued: “We have several units based in the borough, and each one plays an important role in our community. By signing this covenant and marking Armed Forces Day, we are recognising and expressing gratitude for all their efforts – past, present and future.”

After the covenant was signed, the borough’s mayor, Councillor Adrian Knowles, presented Cadet Sergeant Moises Mendoza a Wandsworth Pin; which are given to appreciate the selfishness of Wandsworth residents who give up their time to volunteer.

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