I am truly humbled to read of the bravery of Dan Read, the bomb disposal expert from Newquay who has been killed in Afghanistan.
Captain Read was injured in October last year, yet went back to Afghanistan as soon as his injuries healed in order to get back to his work defusing improvised explosive devices. He is, of course, the second Cornish bomb disposal expert to have been killed after the death of Olaf Schmid last year.
We all owe Dan Read, Olaf Schmid and all those who serve on our behalf a great debt of honour. I am sure that the whole Council will honour their sacrifice at our meeting on Wednesday.