Tribute to D-Day Hero

Column in the Barry & District News by Rt Hon Alun Cairns MP:

I would like to begin by saying how deeply saddened I am by the recent passing of local D-Day veteran Bob Froude. It was a huge privilege to have met him and I was humbled by his modesty, a true gent and hero. The time he gave to anyone who wanted to talk to him was inspiring and our engagement is one that I will never forget. At this sad moment, I hope we can all take the time to reflect and remember the incredible sacrifices that people like Bob made for us.

Readers will be aware that A Level results were announced last week and I am delighted that we saw Vale pupils performing excellently and achieving academic success. I would like to pass on my congratulations to them and best wishes for their futures.

Looking ahead to the next steps for these pupils, I’m keen for there to be lots of exciting options available. Whether that’s going on to university or starting an apprenticeship and gaining new skills, I want pupils in the Vale to have positive opportunities going forward. That’s why, particularly with apprenticeships in mind, I’m pleased that we’ve attracted companies like Aston Martin to the Vale of Glamorgan. With big employers like Aston Martin investing in our area and offering apprenticeships, young people locally will be given the chance to build a successful career here in our community. It drives the incentive to succeed in school and demonstrates what they can go on to achieve.

Finally, at the start of the month it was fantastic to attend the Vale Show and catch up with local farmers from across the Vale of Glamorgan. As always, it was a thoroughly enjoyable event and it’s great to see the huge level of support the Show has from our community. It’s a highlight of the year, demonstrating the great importance of our agricultural sector in the Vale. I want to pay tribute to all who played a role in organising the event. I appreciate that it takes a significant amount of planning and they always deliver an excellent family day out.