Middlesbrough Council has underlined the town's support for the Armed Forces by adopting an Armed Forces Community Covenant.
The aim of the Community Covenant is to strengthen the relationship between local communities and the military, and offer formal recognition of the sacrifices made by service personnel on active duty. It also provides a platform for the Armed Forces community to help and support the wider community through participation in events and joint projects.
Middlesbrough Council actively supports local Armed Forces events including homecoming and freedom parades, and also holds a partnership with the Yorkshire Regiment.
The signing of Middlesbrough's Armed Forces Community Covenant took place on June 19, 2012, at the Town Hall. As well as then-Mayor Ray Mallon and Thirteen Group Managing Director Chris Smith, official signatories to the Covenant included Brigadier Greville Bibby CBE, Commander 15 (North East) Brigade, Commander David Pickthall, Naval Regional Commander for Northern England and Wing Commander James Pruden of the RAF.