Posted: Sun 17th Sep 2023

Wrexham MP welcomes Royal Navy and Royal Marine Veterans to Parliament for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Sep 17th, 2023

Wrexham’s Member of Parliament has welcomed more than a dozen Royal Navy and Royal Marine veterans from the local area to Parliament.

They visited London on Saturday 9 September before marching through England’s capital city on the Sunday as part of the Naval Associations biennial parade.

The 13 veterans were given a full tour of the Houses of Parliament by Sarah Atherton MP, as well as a visit to the terrace, learning more about its rich history and significance.

They also got to see the inner workings of Westminster and were able to ask Mrs. Atherton questions about her day-to-day tasks in Westminster, as well as in Wrexham.

During the visit, they discussed the current support available for veterans in Wrexham and how this could be improved.

It was recently announced that Mrs Atherton will chair the Advisory Group to develop the Women Veterans’ Strategy, looking at the specific needs and challenges faced by women veterans and making sure that the UK delivers the services needed by women veterans.

Eric Holmwood, Honorary Branch Treasurer at the Royal Naval Association Wrexham Branch, said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Sarah Atherton MP and her fantastic team for taking time out of their weekend to host us in Parliament.

“The visit gave us an insight into the running of Parliament, our MP’s busy schedule, and allowed us to explore the history of the building itself.

“We very much appreciated it and would recommend others to get in touch for the chance to go.”

Sarah Atherton MP said: “As a veteran myself, it was wonderful to welcome the thirteen Royal Navy/ Royal Marine veterans from Wrexham to Parliament.

“It was a pleasure to discuss the day-to-day running of our political democracy and exploring the history of the Houses of Parliament, not to mention the great passion we all have for our buzzing new city.

“The group was interested to hear about the rich military history that runs through the fabric of Parliament.

“I thoroughly enjoyed hosting the group and the tour was topped off by drinking a glass of Wrexham Lager on the terrace on a sunny Saturday afternoon.

“If a tour of the Houses of Parliament interests you, please do not hesitate to get in touch by emailing [email protected].”

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