On Wednesday 4 October we celebrated the 50th anniversary of 81 Signal Squadron with royalty at a special event in London.
HRH Princess Anne, the Princess Royal and Colonel-in-Chief of the Royal Corps of Signals, was the principal guest.
Her Royal Highness joined our CEO, Clive Selley and other executives, to mark this milestone for the specialist army reservist communications unit. Other guests included senior military officers, as well as serving and retired officers and soldiers from 81 Signal Squadron.
A uniformed guard of honour greeted guests arriving at the BT Tower, where we showcased our close relationship with the unit. It dates back at least to the Second World War and is based on a shared skillset and ethos.
The event gave us an opportunity to raise awareness of our longstanding support for the armed forces.
The Princess Royal visited stands and displays highlighting our involvement with the squadron over the decades.
The squadron’s Honorary Colonel Mark Hughes says: “We support the armed forces community in many ways. We’re particularly proud of our long relationship with 81 Signal Squadron, which is growing from strength to strength.”
We’ve recruited more than 2,200 veterans since 2011, and this year 20% of our new engineering hires have come from an armed forces background. We also have 192 active reservists, with 68 being members of 81 Signal Squadron.