Recently at The Rock Inn in Halifax, the Rotary Club of Halifax was delighted to present to Colonel Tom Vallings of the3rd Battalion of The Yorkshire Regiment, The Duke of Wellingtons, the distinguished award of a Paul Harris Fellowship.
The town of Halifax has very long associations with The Duke's and the townspeople great supporters of the regiment whose headquarters used to be the Wellersley Barracks in the town. The barracks built in 1872 were occupied until the summer of 1959 at which time reorganization within the army took place thus ending some 87 years of habitation. During the Second World War up to 2,000 soldiers and personnel were stationed in the imposing buildings. The Dukes were given the freedom of the Borough of Halifax in 1945.
In his address and the award of the Fellowship, past president David Nash of the Rotary Club of Halifax, said to Colonel Tom Vallings that The Dukes actions in recent years in assisting people during natural and manmade disasters, their dedication to duty in helping bring peace to war torn countries and their willingness to be called upon to help others in any circumstances are worthy of the highest praise. He went on to say that the 3rd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment demonstrated on a daily basis the motto of Rotary International, Service above Self.
The award was received with pride by Colonel Tom Vallings who stated it would be hung proudly in his headquarters for all to see and read on a daily basis. The Battalion are shortly all to leave for duty in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan.
The photograph shows from left to right PDG Ken Robertshaw, PP David Nash, Colonel Tom Vallings and WO1 RSM Darren Szymanski.