Troops flying the flag at ceremonies to commemorate Armed Forces

Armed Forces Day in Oakham. Photo: Adam Lowe. EMN-150623-155851001
Armed Forces Day in Oakham. Photo: Adam Lowe. EMN-150623-155851001

The beginning of Armed Forces Week was marked at a number of ceremonies across the area this week, with the ceremonial raising of the flag.

Councillors, members of the armed forces and local residents attending ceremonies at Stamford Town Hall and Oakham Library, honouring service men and women who serve in the Army, Navy and Royal Air Force.

Group Captain and recently appointed Commanding Officer at RAF Wittering, Richard Pratley attended the service in Oakham, he said: “I cannot tell you how highly the Armed Forces value the loyalty and support of the British people. That support, in so many ways, is the oxygen for what we’re asked to do.”

At Stamford Town Hall, The Very Reverend Mark Warrick, Vicar of All Saints’ Church, Dean of Stamford and Chaplain to the Mayor, addressed the crowd with a blessing for the many worthy men and women who have served, and continue to serve, their country.

In Rutland the flag was raised by a party from 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment following a short address from county council chairman Kenneth Bool.

There are currently more than 1,000 serving military personnel based in Rutland and representatives from both the Kendrew and St George’s Barracks were present on the day.

Armed Forces Day this year will take place this Saturday with nearby events in Leicester, Nottingham and Peterborough.

For more information visit: www.armedforcesday.org.uk