A flower bed in Middlesbrough is now a blooming show of pride for an army regiment with a special connection to the town.
The flower bed in Centre Square has been planted as part of a year long partnership between the Yorkshire Regiment and Middlesbrough Council.
The Yorkshire Regiment, formerly known as the Green Howards, is the local regiment for Middlesbrough and recruits heavily from the town and the Teesside area.
The year long partnership between the council and the regiment aims to highlight the pride Middlesbrough has for the regiment and raise funds for its charity arm the Yorkshire Regiment Benevolent Fund.
So far hundreds of pounds has been raised with collection boxes around council buildings, a Yorkshire Regiment team ran in the 5k road race and the regiment will be present at council events throughout the summer and later in the year.
A Heroes Welcome scheme has also been introduced involving businesses in the town.
The flower bed of Triploid Marigolds was planted in Centre Square near to the lake by the Council’s Area Care team.
Bob Martin MBE, Assistant Regimental Secretary, and Captain Brian Durlik, from Middlesbrough’s Territorial Army, joined Middlesbrough councillors Brenda Thompson and Nicky Walker to view the bed.
Bob said: “The parks and gardens department has done an absolutely first class job.
“The fact the Yorkshire Regiment has its cap badge on display here in Middlesbrough throughout the year is excellent. It makes us feel proud to belong to Middlesbrough.
“Every single soldier and officer is very grateful for the acknowledgement that Middlesbrough has given us.”
Brian said: “It’s terrific that Middlesbrough has acknowledged the regiment in this way. It makes us feel very proud.”
Cllr Thompson said: “It is a wonderful display and a great tribute to what our troops do day in day out.”