A HOTEL and hospitality group has formally pledged its support for the armed forces community.

Durham-based Ramside Estates, which owns hotels and bars across the region, made a formal commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant at a special ceremony yesterday.

And they were joined at the event by senior officers and serving personnel from The Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and the Army headquarters at Catterick and representatives from the Ministry of Defence.

The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation that those who serve and have served - and their families - are treated fairly; recognising those who have performed military duties, uniting the country and demonstrating the value of their contribution.

Companies which opt to sign the document commit to providing support for veterans they employ along with staff serving in the reserve forces.

Managing director John Adamson, who signed the Covenant on behalf of Ramside Estates and its subsidiary companies, said: “By signing the Covenant, Ramside Estates has pledged its ongoing support to the armed forces community – something about which I am passionate.”

The Covenant is also formed to support those serving in the territorial services, one of whom, Ramside Hall Hotel’s chef Daniel Hodgson, who is a Rifleman with nearby Reserve Unit, 8 Battalion The Rifles, also attended the ceremony.

“Ramside Estates is an armed forces-friendly organisation and we have long been committed to supporting the employment of veterans of all ages, along with their families and partners,” said Mr Adamson.

“I am delighted to have officially put our name to such an important and worthwhile initiative, and I hope many of the region’s other companies and groups will be doing the same.”