A Wiltshire town council has pledged to support military families in the area.

Calne Town Council formalised the pledge at a full council meeting, on March 27, by signing up to the Armed Forces Covenant.

The town’s mayor, Cllr Tony Trotman, has since formally undertaken this action, which sees the council promise to make sure that those who serve, or have served, in the armed forces are treated fairly and with respect.

This includes they way they are treated by the communities, economy and society they served.

Calne Town Council is also working to establish a number of networking and social groups for both active and retired service personnel, which are designed to make them, and their families, feel supported.

The council added that they already have strong links with Five Force Support Battalion REME in Lyneham.

Director of council services, Steve Nash, said: “As an ex-serviceman myself, alongside two other council colleagues, I am pleased that the town council has acknowledged their support through the Armed Forces Covenant.

“I look forward to the Council further expanding its commitment in the future by obtaining the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Silver Award”.