Torridge Flag Raising Ceremony bathed in Sunshine as large crowds pay their respects

TDC Armed Forces Flag Raising 2017

Hundreds of people gathered at Torridge's annual Flag Raising Ceremony in Victoria Park on Monday to commemorate Armed Forces Week 2017.

The event coincides with week long celebrations around the Country in honour of Servicemen and Woman both past and present. It seeks to celebrate and recognise the contribution and sacrifices made by all members of our armed forces, the Merchant Navy  and their families in serving their Country.

The programme included an opening address by the Council Chair, Councillor John Himan, and prayers led by Reverend Paul Bryce a Chaplin in the Royal Navy. Musical interludes included contributions from East-the-Water School Choir, who sang three songs, the Tarka Pipe Band, and Bideford Town Band. 

A procession from Bideford Quay was led by the Tarka Pipe Band and included Armed Forces veterans, serving representatives from various branches of the Armed Forces, and around a hundred young people from the Brownies, Sea and Army Cadets, St Johns Ambulance and the Guides and Scouts.

Councillor John Himan welcomed the opportunity to say thank you to all branches of the Armed Forces Community including veterans, reservists, cadets and not least their family and friends.

Councillor Himan - went on to say:

"I would like to thank everyone for attending this year's Armed Forces Day Flag Raising ceremony, and for showing their support and appreciation for the men and women that serve and their families and friends that give them incredible support.

In these turbulent times their role is ever more needed and ever more important. The selfless way in which they carry out their duties is an inspiration to us all."

Refreshments for the cadets and other children were kindly donated by Tesco Bideford. The Armed Forces Day Flag will be flying all week. More information on events taking place throughout the Country can be found at www.armedforcesday.org.uk.

20 June 2017