BARNSLEY Council has pledged its commitment to supporting serving and ex-services personnel and their families.

Businesses and venues in the borough which display the 'Heroes Welcome' logo indicates a warm welcome, service upgrade, special acknowledgement or even a little discount for all members of the British Armed Forces.

BPL, who run the town's leisure venues, became the first organisation to sign up to the scheme locally.

Coun Joe Hayward, the council’s Armed Forces champion, said: "I'd like to thank BPL for leading the way and displaying the Heroes Welcome logo in the borough.

"We know from Freedom Parades and the reception that the troops receive every time they pass through the town how highly regarded they are by residents and local businesses."