Protest against army closures

Troops of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers as they parade in Celle, northern Germany

Troops of the 2nd Battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers as they parade in Celle, northern Germany

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WIGANERS concerned about the loss of a historic army unit are being asked to write to politicians and take their grievances all the way to number 10 Downing Street.

Campaigners battling to save the 2nd battalion of the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers, which is due to close in 2014 as part of a series of military spending cuts, are asking people to bombard MPs with protest mail to say why they believe the regiment should remain.

Among those who will be addressed in the barrage of letters are James Arbuthnot MP, the chair of the defence select committee,

However, Wigan Veterans’ Council said protestors should not stop there, and Prime Minister David Cameron should be made aware of the strength of feeling on the issue.

Chairman Des White said: “People shouldn’t just write one letter, they should write directly to the Prime Minister if possible, the more letters he receives the better.

“There’s also a new campaign group based in Manchester starting up through social media, and we will be collecting letters for them and passing them on.

“We want people to write about their own personal feelings and tell their own individual stories so politicians know how much the regiment means to them.”

Mr White said it is likely more than 1,000 Wiganers have served in the regiment, and the loss of their battalion would be a deeply emotional blow to veterans.

He said: “The regiment is a family which is with soldiers for the rest of their lives, and some veterans put the cap badges on the coffins at funerals. To lose that is extremely painful.”

Protest letters should be addressed to the Veterans’ Council, Community Zone, 81 Ribble Road, Platt Bridge, Wigan, WN2 5EG, or by emailing admin@veteranscouncil.org.uk