Archbishop Receives Yorkshire Regiment Beret
Thursday 28th June 2012The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu was presented with a Regimental Beret from the Yorkshire Regiment which is to be kept at Bishopthorpe Palace.
Yorkshire Regiment soldiers will be remembered while they are on operations thanks to a regimental beret and prayer book being presented to the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.
The beret, prayer book and a special prayer card were presented to the Archbishop by the Regimental Secretary, Lieutenant Colonel David O’Kelly at morning prayers in Bishopthorpe Chapel.
“All those involved with The Yorkshire Regiment will be deeply touched that the Archbishop of York should take such a close and personal interest in what they are doing at the moment,” said Lt Col O’Kelly.
“He clearly cares about all our soldiers who have been, and are still, serving in Afghanistan and to present him with our Regimental headdress to act as a focus for prayers and blessings is very special.
“We very much hope that he will be able to attend a Service of Thanksgiving with the Regiment in York Minster later in the year.”
The Archbishop says daily prayers in the Chapel for the Armed Forces and their families and mentioned the Yorkshire Regiment in this morning’s prayers.
“This beret will be a visual reminder for us as we say our prayers. Our Armed Forces perform a vital and selfless role on our behalf. We should never forget their contribution.”
Soldiers from 3rd Battalion and some from 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment are currently serving in Helmand Province and are midway through a six month tour of duty. The soldiers from 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment are currently based in Cyprus as the Theatre Reserve battalion. The Regiment’s 1st Battalion and some TA soldiers from 4th Battalion recently returned and will be taking part in a series of homecoming events in Yorkshire next month.