Commandos express thanks to local community for welfare items

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ARBROATH army Commandos have expressed their thanks to the town after welfare packages were sent to Afghanistan.

Based at RM Condor, the 90 men of 7 Sphinx Commando Battery, Royal Artillery have been deployed in Afghanistan with 45 Commando Group.

Following a request direct from the frontline by Battery Sergeant Major WO2 Pat Peterson, Arbroathians generously donated items for welfare boxes that will be sent out this week.

Lance Bombardier Riaan Hardy said: “On behalf of the Battery Commander, Major Alan Johnston, the deployed members and the Rear Operations Group we would like to formally thank Miss Julie Noble, area manager of Superdrug, Mrs Michelle Paterson, deputy manager of Arbroath Superdrug and all the members of staff who kindly donated a substantial number of items at their own expense.

“This is a very generous and thoughtful gesture which shows the unique connection between the people of Arbroath and the units based at RM Condor.”

Boxes were provided by Shoe Zone Arbroath and were packed by wives and partners of the serving soldiers at a special coffee morning on Wednesday.

A donation of bespoke DCS Europe Group ‘Air essentials packs’ containing facial wipes, toothpaste, hand sanitiser and mouthwash was also organised by Bombardier Daniel Cogan’s wife Holly.

Lance Bombardier Hardy added: “These along with all the other items will be gratefully received by the men who are living in particularly austere conditions but remain extremely determined and upbeat in true Commando Gunner fashion.”