The Armed Forces Day flag was raised this morning at the Memorial, Oakhill Park, in Accrington.

Before it was raised The Vice Lord-Lieutenant, Christine Kirk, presented the Armed Forces Day flag to the Mayor, Councillor Mohammad Ayub.

At the ceremony Cllr Ayub said; “This is a week to celebrate and recognise all of our Armed Forces who not only defend the UK and its interests but also work all around the world in many different roles to promote peace, deliver aid, provide security and fight terrorism. We also acknowledge and show our support to the Veterans who have worked and fought hard to provide us with the freedoms we have today and to the Cadets who are learning the skills necessary to carry on the good work in the future. It is an opportunity to show our support to the families of all service personnel who provide the continual support necessary for the Armed Forces to carry out their work.”

A short service at the cenotaph was led by Reverend Enticott of St James Church Accrington, the Armed Forces Day Recitation was read by Trevor Dawson of the Royal British Legion and the flag was raised by Gordon Preston of the Royal British Legion.

Also in attendance were other members of Accrington Royal British Legion, Major Bob Smethurst of the Duke of Lancaster Regiment, Graham Jones, Hyndburn’s MP, Cllr Miles Parkinson, Leader of Hyndburn Council, Deputy Mayor, Cllr June Harrison and Deputy Mayoress, Cllr Joyce Plummer, Council Chief Executive, David Welsby, Councillors and Members of the public.

The flag raising ceremony marks the beginning of Armed Forces Week and on Saturday, 30th June a celebration of Armed Forces Day will take place at the Forts Arms, Clayton-le-Moors from 1pm.

Flag raised for Armed Forces Day