Servicemen to be celebrated at Barking and Dagenham Armed Forces Day event

PUBLISHED: 16:42 26 June 2015 | UPDATED: 18:04 26 June 2015

From left, Lewis Sheldrake, Mick McManus and Cllr Darren Rodwell commemorate Armed Forces Day

From left, Lewis Sheldrake, Mick McManus and Cllr Darren Rodwell commemorate Armed Forces Day


The council joined forces to remember servicemen and women past and present before a national day of commemmoration.

Two former soldiers, now council employees, joined leader, Councillor Darren Rodwell, for the council’s participation in Armed Forces Day, which takes place tomorrow.

“It really does mean a lot to service personnel to know the public acknowledge the work the armed forces do, not just in terms of fighting in conflicts but also in their humanitarian role,” said ex-para Lewis Sheldrake, who served in Afghanistan as part of 7 Parachute Regiment, Royal Horse Artillery and now works in the council’s community safety team.

Mick McManus, who works in the council’s substance misuse strategy team, served in several tours of duty in Northern Ireland, Iraq and Germany in his 22-year military career.

He said: “The skills and experiences I learned and acquired in the army have helped me in my current role at the council. Military service teaches you not only discipline but an understanding of people from a wide range of backgrounds.”

Cllr Rodwell said he was proud to have former service personnel working at the council.

“I believe former service personnel have a huge amount of experience and a great skills set to offer the council. They have a proven commitment to public service.”

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