This week, in honour of Remembrance Day, I planted a remembrance stick in the House of Commons’ newly established Constituency Garden of Remembrance to honour the work of Newport County AFC.
Established by the Speaker’s Office and the Royal British Legion, the Constituency Garden of Remembrance is the first time that all 650 constituencies have been represented and remembered in one place.
All MPs were invited to plant a remembrance stick to recognise the work of a group or individual in their constituency and, in consultation with Newport Veterans’ Hub, who have recently relocated to Newport East, I planted mine to commemorate the work of Newport County AFC.
The work Newport County have done with the veterans here in the city has been so valuable. Newport Veterans’ Hub felt that the support they’ve shown should be recognised – and I couldn’t agree more. The club has given huge support to the armed forces in the city both past and present and I am so pleased to be able to share this recognition with the Speaker.
Of course, this stick also remembers Bob Hammett and Alfred Edwards – two Newport County players who lost their lives in World War I – Bob on 25th September 1916 and Alfred, who was killed in action just one week before Armistice to end the war was signed.
Newport County AFC chairman Gavin Foxall told me: “The club is humbled and honoured to be recognised in this way, particularly as the nomination has come from the Veterans’ Hub.
“We have done a lot of work with the Veterans’ Hub and their work, the service of our armed forces in general, and the sacrifice of our players in both world wars, is so important to us as a community club.
“Our thanks go to the Veterans’ Hub and Jessica Morden for recognising Newport County AFC in this way.”