Commodore Bob Anstey with Sir Boyd Tunnock CBE as they sign the Armed Forces Covenant onboard an Astute Class Submarine at Faslane. Pictures by the Royal Navy.
By Gavin Carr
Sir Boyd Tunnock CBE, inventor of the legendary Tunnock’s Teacake and owner of confectionary empire Tunnock’s Ltd., visited HM Naval Base Clyde on Wednesday, November 6, to sign the Armed Forces Covenant.
The head of the family-owned, Uddingston-based business was invited to the Home of the UK Submarine Service by Rear Admiral John Weale CB OBE, Rear Admiral Submarines. During the visit Sir Boyd was shown around Royal Navy Astute Class attack submarine and also spent time with Royal Marines from 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group.
Signing the Covenant on board the casing of the Astute Class boat Sir Boyd said: “It was a real honour to visit the men and women of the Royal Navy who sacrifice so much to defend the Nation’s interests at home and abroad, and to whom we owe so much. As a family-owned business we invest heavily in our workforce. It was inspiring to see so many people benefiting from all of the training and experience that the Royal Navy has to offer.
“I spent two years in the Army after getting called up for National Service. Because of my background I ended up being posted to the Catering Corps and cooked for 600 soldiers.
“Tunnocks has a long-standing relationship with the Armed Forces and the values and standards I learned in the Army are principles that I use to run the business to this day. I was very proud to reaffirm our support by signing the Armed Forces Covenant and I would have no hesitation in encouraging other defence-friendly employers to do the same.”
The nation’s favourite Teacake has a special place in the Submarine Service. For decades it has been a favourite for the Scots-based submarines, eaten during ‘Four-O’Clockers’ – snack-time during a patrol where a Teacake or caramel wafer is the treat of choice.
Commodore Bob Anstey, who signed the covenant on behalf of the Royal Navy said: “It was a great pleasure to welcome Sir Boyd to the Clyde for his signing of the Armed Forces Covenant today. Sir Boyd is well known by the Submarine Service and we have all enjoyed his iconic teacakes and wafers over the years. We look forward to continuing our close relationships with him and his team.
“As a keen sailor and supporter of maritime activities, Sir Boyd is a welcome addition to the ever-growing Armed Forces Community.”
The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise by the nation ensuring that those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly
Commodore Bob Anstey and Sir Boyd with the Armed Forces Covenant on the casing of the Astute Class Submarine; Sir Boyd welcomed on board the Astute Class submarine, and Sir Boyd enjoys his waterborne tour of HMNB Clyde.