Julian Hawkes wore his military uniform with pride at Toye Kenning and Spencer’s Bedworth factory on Wednesday 22 June, Armed Forces’ Uniform to Work Day.

Part of the build up to Armed Forces Day, which is scheduled for 25 June, is the Uniform to Work Day which has been designed to highlight the important role the Reserves play in serving their country. Julian is just one of many members of the Armed Forces all over the country who left their suits at home and donned their Forces uniform instead.

“Our firm has a long association with the Armed Forces,” explained Toye Kenning & Spencer chief executive, Fiona Toye. “We have manufactured uniforms and regalia for many years and so are delighted to support Julian as he highlights the contribution our Armed Forces make to our country.”

After 22 years service in the Army, Julian left and joined Toye Kenning & Spencer as Military Sales Executive. He has held the voluntary post of Sergeant Instructor of the Coventry based Westfield House Platoon Army Cadet Force for two years.

“Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to signal my membership of the Army Cadet Force as an Adult Instructor” said Julian Hawkes. “Uniform to Work Day celebrates the value of one arm of the Armed Forces and I was proud to have the opportunity to signal my membership of the Reserves.”

As Sergeant Instructor of the Westfield House Detachment of Cadets Julian gives two nights a week, and, on average, one weekend a month to drill cadets, aged between 12 and 18, and instruct them in weapon handling and field craft. He also leads them during the residential camp for one week each August. There are 40 cadets in Julian’s Detachment and a total of over 400 in the County.

Julian is currently planning to host his cadets on a tour of the Bedworth factory, showing them how military uniforms, medals and regalia are manufactured.

Toye Kenning & Spencer is imbued with a culture of continual reinvestment and values highly the talent within the business, its designers inspiring its craftsmen and women, who are experts in weaving, lace-making, embroidery and gold and silver wire making and enamelling.