Council leader adds name to world record attempt

Staffordshire County Council’s Leader and Chief Executive have joined in to say a potentially record-breaking ‘Thank you’ to the armed forces.

 Leader Philip Atkins and Chief Executive John Henderson have signed a giant card from the National Memorial Arboretum, who are trying to break the world record for most signatures on a Christmas card.

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After stopping at Staffordshire Place, the card will then go on a tour of the Midlands and London, where it will be presented to a senior military figure and will go on display at the Ministry of Defence in Whitehall.

21,000 signatures are needed to break the current world record, set by Dubai Police in 2015.

The signing of the card is the latest show of support to the military from the county council. In 2011 the county council signed up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant to support army veterans.  It reaffirmed its support in 2015 by re-signing the Covenant along with other local services and businesses.

Last year over 1000 military personnel moved to Stafford from Germany, with the county council building a brand new primary school and expanded others to ensure children from military families could attend a local school.

Leader of Staffordshire County Council Philip Atkins said:

Staffordshire has a strong historic connection with our armed forces, continuing with large bases in Stafford and Lichfield, and we are committed to supporting armed forces personnel wherever we can.

“The signing of this card is just one way for us to show our commitment and appreciation for those risking their lives to serve their country.  It would be wonderful if we could break the world record in the process, and show our armed forces that people in Staffordshire appreciate their sacrifices and thank them for keeping us safe.”

Sarah Montgomery, Managing Director of the Arboretum, said:

We thought the giant Christmas card would be a wonderful way in which to pay tribute to the Armed Forces at this special time of year.

It will be quite a task to break the existing world record for the number of signatures on a greetings card, let alone attempt to go even further by filling all the 20,993 spaces on our card.

However, we’ve got off to a great start and we are confident that thousands of people of all ages and from all walks of life will support us in meeting this tough challenge.”



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