SAVE OUR NAME’ CAMPAIGN – THE BATTLE GOES ON
Tuesday 08 February 2005
Warren Carr, Quadrant's PR Director, joined a group of Welsh MPs to deliver a 7,000-name petition recently to 10 Downing Street as part of a campaign Quadrant has been involved in to save the names of historic Welsh regiments.
The names of Wales' regiments - The Royal Welch Fusiliers and the Royal Regiment of Wales - are under threat following a re-organisation of the defence forces in the UK, and Quadrant has been helping friends of the regiments to pull in support from former soldiers and MPs and peers from across the political spectrum to save them.
After delivering the petition to Downing Street, the delegation went to the Ministry of Defence to meet with Defence Secretary Geoff Hoon who asked for more information so that the issue could be considered in more detail.
The campaign mirrors the efforts of Quadrant some 10 years ago when it was called upon by the Royal Welch Fusiliers to save them from amalgamation with the Cheshire Regiment. A six week battle ensued with Quadrant organising marches on Whitehall and a debate in the House of Commons, sponsored by former Welsh Office Minister Barry Jones MP. After much debate the Regiment was saved and Quadrant are hoping for another positive result.