Saturday 24 June 2017

Armed Forces Day

National Express Show their Support for British Troops

Travelling to the Armed Forces Day National Event will be made easier once again this year with National Express offering the general public a 50 per cent discount, on the cost of travel to Guildford on Saturday 27 June.

Asside form the general public discount the coach company already supports the Armed Forces community in a variety of ways as part of its comitments under the Armed Forces covenant which it signed in 2013 . This includes 60 per cent off all coach travel in the UK, extra annual leave for the company’s Reservist employees and guaranteed job interviews for Service leavers and veterans who are licenced to drive passenger carrying vehicles.

PHOTOGRAPHER: Cpl Michael Strachan Pictured: Duane Porteous, National Express driver and ex Army Driver NOTES: Press release: BEGINS Armed Forces Day - National Express discount launch   National Express is today (add date) launching a travel discount to help people get out in force and show their support for the UK’s troops this summer.   The UK’s largest coach operator is offering 50 per cent off services to Guildford to help as many people as possible attend Armed Forces Day which takes place in the town on Saturday, June 27.   In launching the offer, the coach company hopes to make travel to the event, which will see the Army, Navy and Air Force put on a spectacular display, even more affordable to ensure military service people get the show of support they deserve.   National Express already offer serving personnel 60 per cent off travel – the largest discount of its kind in the UK - through the Defence Discount Service and the 50 per cent discount is to ensure everyone else can take advantage of unbeatable value travel on the big day.   Mark Lancaster, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans said: “Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for the whole country to come together to recognise the tremendous contribution made by those that serve and it is wonderful to see a great British business such as National Express to lead the way in bringing people together to mark this special event”.   Tom Stables, Managing Director National Express UK Coach said: “Armed Forces Day is fast becoming an annual highlight and we want to help as many people as possible fly the flag for our service personnel. Lots of our drivers are ex-service personnel and so as well as being the right thing to do, supporting the military really is a natural fit for us. We already offer the UK’s biggest discount for serving personnel and we hope our offer helps as many other people attend the day as possible.”   National Express driver Duane Porteous, served for
Duane Porteous, National Express driver and ex Army Driver

National Express driver Duane Porteous, who served as a driver with the Army’s Royal Logistics Corps and completed operational tours in both Afghanistan and Iraq, said:

“It’s brilliant National Express gets behind the military and I’m really proud to work for a company that makes it easier for veterans to get back into work.

“Armed Forces Day is a real chance to celebrate the people who dedicate their lives to serving the country. I hope the discount enables as many people as possible to visit Guildford and cheer on our Forces and importantly, have a great day.”

To get the discount, members of the public should use the promotional code AFD2015 when booking their journey to Guildford online at www.nationalexpress.com

Tom Stables, Managing Director of National Express, UK Coach said:

“Armed Forces Day is fast becoming an annual highlight and we want to help as many people as possible fly the flag for our Armed Forces. Lots of our drivers are ex-Service personnel and so as well as being the right thing to do, supporting the military really is a natural fit for us. We already offer the UK’s biggest discount for serving personnel and we hope our offer helps as many other people attend the day as possible.”

Mark Lancaster, Minister for Defence Personnel and Veterans added:

 

NATIONAL EXPRESS ARMED FORCES DAY Pictured with a National Express coach complete with Armed Forces Day Livery are: SAC Polly Manning (RAF),Capt James Crowther (Army) & WO1 Sean Jones (Royal Navy) FOR FURTHER DETAILS CONTACT: Ros Golds on 0121 460 8419 / 07825 976593 or rosalyn.golds@nationalexpress.com Picture by Adam Fradgley
Service personnel with the National Express Armed Forces Day coach

“It is wonderful to see a great British business such as National Express lead the way in bringing people together to mark Armed Forces Day.

“National Express have for years supported the Armed Forces through discounted travel to Service personnel and their guaranteed job interview scheme.

“I would also encourage other businesses to follow National Express’s example and do all they can to ensure that the Armed Forces Community are not disadvantaged by military life. “

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