FALMOUTH Town Council has adopted the Armed Forces covenant.

The covenant ensures that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces, and their families, are treated fairly while upholding the principles that they bring to the community.

This involves working with businesses, local authorities, charities and the public, who can now all sign the covenant and publicly declare their commitments.

The signing of the covenant was attended by the outgoing mayor, councillor Grenville Chappel, and brigadier Fraser MBE, with the latter saying: “In signing the covenant, the council has formally recognised the valued contribution serving regular and reserve personnel, veterans and their service families make to the community in Falmouth and the surrounding area.

“Falmouth port continues to play a pivotal role in supporting the naval service and the wider armed forces enjoy tremendous support from the people of Falmouth.

"I hope that the pledge signed by the town mayor today will encourage other organisations and businesses to sign the armed forces covenant too.”

Mr Chappel said: “I am very pleased that the council agreed to this covenant being signed, it is important that Falmouth, as a sea port, recognises all servicemen and their families and the service they have given to our town and country and support them in any way we can.”

Regional employer engagement director, Rachael Brannagan, who is responsible for the regional delivery of the armed forces covenant in the south west, said: “It’s fantastic that over 400 organisations across the south west have pledged their support by adopting their own armed forces covenants; it’s been a pleasure tailoring them to the individual businesses to make them relevant”.