Posted: Sat 23rd Sep 2023

Wrexham naval veteran nominated as Local Veteran Champion by MP for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Sep 23rd, 2023

A Wrexham naval veteran has been nominated as Local Veteran Champion by the city’s Member of Parliament.

Kevin Hackett, was nominated for the special recognition, during a visit to Parliament.

Prior to the reception, Mr Hackett, Chairman of the Royal Naval Association Wrexham Branch, was given a tour of the Palace of Westminster.

Earlier this month Mrs Atherton welcomed 13 veterans from the Royal Naval Association Wrexham Branch to Parliament for a tour and hosted them on the Terrace.

The day after, the veterans from Wrexham marched through London as part of the Naval Associations biennial parade.

The salute was taken by the Second Sea Lord Vice Admiral, Martin Connell, whom Mrs Atherton introduced to the veterans afterward.

During the reception at Number 10, Mr Hackett spoke with the Minister of State for Veterans Affairs, Johnny Mercer MP, about the current support for veterans and how it could be improved.

Kevin Hackett, Chairman of the Royal Naval Association Wrexham Branch said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Sarah Atherton MP for nominating me as her Local Veterans Champion and for giving me the opportunity to attend a reception at Number 10 Downing Street.

“Before the reception, her team kindly took time out of their day to give me a tour where I was able to see the rich military history that runs through the fabric of Parliament.

“This was certainly a very special day to remember.”

Sarah Atherton MP commented: “As a veteran myself, I was delighted to attend the Local Veterans Champion reception at Number 10 with our very own Kevin Hackett.

This was an excellent occasion to champion our Welsh military footprint and Wrexham’s large veterans’ community. Nominating Kevin for this award was an easy choice!

“Keep up the excellent work in leading our Royal Naval Association Wrexham Branch.”

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