FOUR volunteer soldiers from Stratford-upon-Avon have been awarded medals for serving in Afghanistan, just weeks after it was announced the town's Territorial Army base was shutting down.
Capt Lucy Sewell, Sgt Matt Weston, and LCpls Jason Gardner and Michael Beasley-Wood recently returned home from a six-month tour in Helmand Province, where they were attached to regular army units.
The Mayor of Stratford, Diane Walden, visited the 867 Signal Troop at their base on New Broad Street to present them with operational service medals.
In addition LCpl Lindsey Webb received the Volunteer Reserves Service Medal presented after ten years’ service with the Territorials.
The Mayor voiced her eagerness to retain the historic ceremonial links between the town and the drill hall following the sad news that there will no longer be an Army Reserves Centre in Stratford
The future of the building is unknown, but it is also used by Army Cadets and Stratford and District Ambulance Association which garages its vehicles on the site.
It underwent a £1 million refurbishment in 2006-7. The closing date of the TA centre is also still unknown.
If you are between 18 and 38 and would like more information about joining the Army Reserves in Warwickshire and Worcestershire contact LCpl Marshall on 01789 292266.
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