Sailors share experiences at recruitment event

Sailors and Royal Marines spoke about the different opportunities available to them during an event in Croydon.

From their time on operations to new hobbies picked up, the recruitment afternoon gave naval personnel the chance to share what time in the service means to them.

Aimed at ethnic communities, the event was attended by a range of people from young men and women to academics. Councillors, families and Imams went along too to see the displays and listen to speakers.

Councillor Muhammad Sadiq, mayor of Sutton, and Councillor Humayun Kabir, mayor of Croydon, also attended to hear about the important work of the Royal Navy.

Members of the community are eager to join and to fill their dreams, but we must show them that the door is open by informing and inspiring them.

Honorary Commander Durdana Ansari

Honorary Commander Durdana Ansari organised the event at the Grand Sapphire Hotel.

She said: “Members of the community are eager to join and to fill their dreams, but we must show them that the door is open by informing and inspiring them.”

The event was well attended with many of the visitors asking questions about how the sailors and Commandos got into their roles and their experiences.

As well as Ms Ansari, speakers also included Commander Pete Viney and Lieutenant Commander Jonathan Parker. Rear Admiral Mike Bath was a special guest.