A West Swindon woman is calling the nation to the colours in honour of military personnel.
Sheila Mitchell from Westlea wants everybody to wear red, white and blue once a week to remember the important work of the men and women on active duty serving their country, and particularly those who have fallen in conflict.
“The idea was prompted by a friend from Canada where people are encouraged to wear red in support of their troops,” said Sheila, whose husband James was a captain in the 9th/12th Royal Lancers. “Many companies hold dress down Fridays for charity, and schools hold non-uniform days. Wearing red, white and blue, or even a ribbon, would be appropriate.
“You might not support the reasons that our troops are abroad, but wearing the colours means you’re thinking of the people doing their job in uncomfortable and often very dangerous situations. I know for a fact that many feel demoralised and forgotten.”
Sheila has had a letter of support from HRH the Duke of York who is Colonel in Chief of 9th/12th.
The Mayor of Swindon Steve Wakefield is backing Sheila’s campaign. “It’s an excellent initiative. Wearing the colours means you show solidarity with the serving men and women, and just as important you’re also supporting the families at home.”
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