Mayor of Burnley congratulates the veterans of HMS Active at their “35th anniversary” reunion
Civic leader writes to crew members of naval ship that Burnley adopted
Former crew members from HMS Active, the Royal Navy ship which was “adopted” by Burnley, are this week taking part in a commemoration and reunion event to mark the 35th anniversary of their participation in the Falklands conflict in 1982.
The gathering is taking place in Plymouth on Friday evening 4th August.
When the Mayor of Burnley heard about the event, he decided to send a letter of congratulations and recognition to the reunion event on the south coast. This continues the tradition of strong links between HMS Active and Burnley. The ship’s anchor holds pride of place at the Anchor Retail Park off Active Way; a scroll presented to the ship’s company when it was granted the Freedom of the Borough in 1989 is on display in the council chamber at the town hall; and various memorabilia including photos, a life belt and the ship’s bell are held by Burnley Sea Cadets.
In his letter, which will be distributed to all the sailors who served on HMS Active during the 1982 conflict, the Mayor of Burnley, Councillor Howard Baker, says: “Burnley is proud of its long-standing association with HMS Active.
“The ship’s crew served valiantly during the Falklands war, as well as seeing service across the world.
“Burnley continues to recognise, respect and celebrate the contribution which serving personnel and veteran members of the armed forces make to the life and well-being of our country.”
The organisers of the reunion in Plymouth have already been in contact with Burnley Council to state that they are ‘delighted’ with the framed letter, photographs and other items which they received from Burnley Council and have promised that the evening will include a “toast” to the town.
Together with other agencies, Burnley Council plays an active part in the Armed Forces Covenant. This brings services and voluntary groups together so as collectively use their knowledge, experience and expertise to help and advise members of the Armed Forces community – both those currently serving and veterans. Through its work, the covenant also recognises and remembers the sacrifices made by members of this community, including their families.