Flying the flag to mark Armed Forces Day

The flag raising ceremony at Stamford Town Hall.
The flag raising ceremony at Stamford Town Hall.
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Flags were raised across the area this week as dignitaries, councils and residents showed their support for the armed forces.

Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday and events and ceremonies have been held to honour Britain’s armed forces past, present and future.

Soldiers at Kendrew Barracks with boxer Rendall Monroe, third from left. Photo by G.Moreno.

Soldiers at Kendrew Barracks with boxer Rendall Monroe, third from left. Photo by G.Moreno.

In Stamford, a flag-raising ceremony was held at the town hall on Monday. The mayor Brian Sumner, town councillors, and members of the Royal British Legion gathered for the occasion.

Rutland County Council and military personnel from the Kendrew Barracks, in Cottesmore, joined together to raise a flag in a ceremony outside Oakham Library.

Council chairman Charlotte Vernon (Con) addressed guests, who included the Lord Lieutenant of Rutland, Dr Laurance Howard, High Sheriff Trish Ruddle, the Royal British Legion, representatives from the armed forces and local cadets.

As part of the Armed Forces Day celebrations, soldiers at Kendrew Barracks stepped into the ring with professional boxer Rendall Munroe, from Leicester, who visited the base on Tuesday. The boxers, from the 2nd Battalion, The Royal Anglian Regiment, were given a masterclass from the European and Commonwealth super-bantamweight champion.

Residents in Bourne will be marking the day on Saturday, from 3pm, at Meadow Close Community Centre.

At The Manor House in Apethorpe, Lady Brassey is hosting an event to raise funds for Fishing for Forces to coincide with Armed Forces Day. The event runs from 10.30am to 3pm tomorrow and entry is £5 for adults, and free for children.

In Market Deeping, the Royal British Legion club at John Eve Field, will host a fun day featuring an inflatable assault course, bouncy castle, face painting craft stalls and car boot to mark the day. There will also be a drumhead service featuring local cadets.

For more information about Armed Forces Day, visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk