On Friday 28th of February, the Australian High Commissioner visited Romford.
His Excellency George Brandis QC was the guest of Andrew Rosindell MP who took the High Commissioner on a tour of Romford.
Mr Brandis visited Romford market, the town hall where he was greeted by the Mayor and Margaret Thatcher House where he was present with a London Fire Brigade helmet from Havering’s Borough Commander Narinder Dail to honour all the Australian Fire staff who have worked so hard trying to extinguish the bush fires.
Mr Rosindell said : “On Friday 28th February , it was a privilege to host the Australian High Commissioner, His Excellency George Brandis Q.C. in Romford. As Chairman of Australia group in Parliament.
“It was great to be able to show him around our market town and introduce him to some of Romford’s hardworking market traders and discuss the benefits of a new free trade agreement with Australia which could lower food products for consumers in Romford.
“I was honoured to take the High Commissioner to The Church of St. Edward The Confessor in the heart of the town. The High Commissioner was extremely impressed by the historic architecture and wonderful stain glass windows of our magnificent church.
“During the visit, we met also the Fire Commissioner for Havering who expressed her solidarity to the Australian Firefighters who have battled the recent bush fires and presented the High Commissioner with a London Fire Brigade helmet from 1989.
“Finally, we met the Deputy Mayor of Havering, Cllr. John Mylod, the Leader of Havering Council, Cllr. Damian White and the Chief Executive of Havering Council, Andrew Blake-Herbert and Council staff. The Deputy Mayor led a tour of the Council Chamber and presented the High Commissioner with a Havering plaque to commemorate the High Commissioner’s visit.
“I would like to thank the High Commissioner for coming down to Romford and the friendship that we share as well as the enduring and special bond between the United Kingdom and Australia.”