Painting celebrates arrival of troops

Rutland county councillor Charlotte Vernon (Con) with Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Blair-Tidewell.
Rutland county councillor Charlotte Vernon (Con) with Lieutenant Colonel Johnny Blair-Tidewell.
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The arrival of military personnel to a county army base has been marked by the presentation of a painting at Rutland County Council.

More than 550 soldiers in the 7 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps moved into Kendrew Barracks, in Cottesmore, in June and a painting was unveiled at a ceremony at the council offices in Catmose, Oakham, to celebrate the move.

The artwork, titled Ex Saif Sareea II, has been painted by artist Anthony Cowland and depicts a scene from a large multinational exercise in Oman involving personnel from 7 Regiment during 2001.

It is on display in the area outside the council chamber and can be viewed during office opening hours.

Rutland County Council chairman Councillor Charlotte Vernon (Con), who received the painting during the ceremony earlier this month, said: “During recent years, the army have very quickly become an extremely important part of the Rutland community.

“The personnel who have relocated here from overseas have quickly found their feet and have received a warm welcome from local residents.

“The council is honoured to receive this picture from 7 Regiment and it takes pride of place outside our council chamber where it can be enjoyed by the many people attending meetings and events at the council offices.”

Major Rhys Evans from 7 Regiment said: “On behalf of everyone at 7 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps, I would like to thank the local community for their warm welcome and overwhelming support following our relocation to Rutland.”

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