A SPECIAL event was held to mark a council being recognised for its work supporting serving soldiers and veterans.

Colchester Council received its first gold award from the Ministry of Defence’s Employer Recognition Scheme, which acknowledges the work of employers in supporting the armed forces.

Colchester has a historic and established relationship with the military, thanks in part to a centuries-old link between the town and its garrison.

The council prides itself on being one of the first authorities to sign up to the Defence Discount Service, which offers military discounts and concessions at Leisure World and Colchester Castle.

Council leader Mark Cory said: “As signatories to the Armed Forces Covenant, we are committed to supporting all members of the military community.”