ASK any sailor – good grub is one of the best morale boosts out there.
So staff at the Tesco supermarket in Crasswell Street, Portsmouth, threw open the doors to their canteen yesterday for Royal Navy sailors and marines to enjoy a free breakfast.
Around 25 servicemen and women were invited for some sit-down scran – the naval term for food.
Chief Petty Officer Duncan Knibbs, 40, from Emsworth, was one of those invited.
He said: ‘It’s a fantastic idea and it’s a nice bit of support for the boys and girls.
‘They have got a high tempo of operations and deployments so it’s good for them to be offered something like this to have an enjoyable start to the day.
‘Obviously we live in a big military area so it’s nice for everyone to feel supported in the place we live and work.’
Tesco said it wanted to recognise the work of the armed forces because of its own links to the military.
The chain became the first supermarket to sign the Armed Forces Community Covenant. It has roots in the military – the company’s founder, Jack Cohen, started the business in 1919 with his demob money, having served in the Royal Flying Corps.
Portsmouth manager Paul Wilson said: ‘We wanted to lay on a special breakfast for the guys because it would be a nice thing to do in honour of Armed Forces Day.
‘It’s been good fun welcoming them to the store and the ladies out the front clapped them in as they walked through to the canteen.
‘We want them to know we appreciate the work they do.’