PM says thanks for forces’ days

Martin Gillet, pictured taking part in a tug of war at one of the summer events, has been invited to a Downing Street reception

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PRIME Minister David Cameron has praised a series of county play events held for forces families over the summer.

More than 6,000 people enjoyed the free events, which included go-karting and climbing, at five barracks.

The events were organised by the Oxfordshire Play Association charity as part of a series across the county using a grant from the Ministry of Defence.

Now the charity’s manager Martin Gillet has been invited to a reception at No. 10 Downing Street next Tuesday for people who support the forces.

Witney MP Mr Cameron said: “Supporting our armed forces is not just a Government responsibility, it is a social responsibility.

“We all have a duty to give our full and unequivocal support to troops and their families.

“This reception is about honouring the people who do just that and I am delighted that Martin is able to join the celebration.”

Mr Gillet said: “I am really honoured. It is nice to be recognised.

“There are people from all across the country going and it is great as the Prime Minister is an Oxfordshire MP.

“We did invite him to the play days, but he is quite busy. Hopefully he will come next year.”

“I think there is only a selection of people across the country going so it shows that what we are doing is worthwhile and is being recognised.”

Events were held at Didcot’s Vauxhall Barracks, RAF Brize Norton, Shrivenham Defence Academy, Bicester Garrison and Abingdon’s Dalton Barracks. Each cost £4,000.

A total of 11 play days were held between April and August at places including Rose Hill, Eynsham and Abingdon, attracting 15,000 people.

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The non-military events were supported by grants from Oxfordshire County Council, district and town councils and businesses.

For information see oxonplay.org.uk

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