Posted: Sat 24th Jun 2023

Meeting with National Service veteran ‘both humbling and heart-warming’ said Delyn MS

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Saturday, Jun 24th, 2023

Delyn’s Member of the Senedd (MS), Hannah Blythyn, recently had the privilege of meeting local National Service veteran and long-serving Royal Marines Reserve member, Ray Harrington.

The Delyn MS described the experience as ‘both humbling and heart-warming.’

In a meeting at Mr Harrington’s Flint Mountain home, they discussed his National Service period and the subsequent years.

This encounter followed a special memorial service marking 60 years since the end of National Service at the National Arboretum. Both Hannah and Ray attended this event.

Hannah said, “It was a real privilege to be welcomed into Ray’s home. Having the opportunity to chat to him about his National Service in the Royal Marines, and how he continued to serve in the Royal Marines Reserves for a further 37 years was insightful.”

Ray Harrington’s impressive contribution to the community extends beyond his military service.

He remains active in local judo clubs and maintains contact with fellow veterans.

The Senedd Member expressed, “Spending some time with Ray and hearing his many memories was both humbling and heart-warming.”

During his two-year stint in the National Service, Ray had several noteworthy experiences.

One remarkable memory was his successful completion of the Special Boat Service (SBS) course – an achievement that only seven out of the original 40 participants accomplished.

Ray also participated in a gruelling 140-mile Devizes to Westminster Bridge canoe race during his service. He and his partner triumphantly won this race.

After his National Service, Ray became a parachute instructor in the reserves and retired with the rank of Major.

His story serves as a poignant reminder of the enduring spirit and dedication of our National Service veterans and their continued positive impact on our communities.

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