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Flag raising ceremony to mark start of Armed Forces Week in Plymouth

The Armed Forces flag will be raised from Plymouth Guildhall flagpole to mark the start of Plymouth Armed Forces Week following a ceremony on Monday 19 June.

(Image credit to Sqn Ldr Mike Symons, RAFVR)

The ceremony will take place at 10am in front of the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Wendy Foster, the Flag Officer Sea Training Rear Admiral John Clink, and High Sheriff of Devon Mrs Heleen Lindsay-Fynn.

Other civic and military leaders will also be present including Plymouth City Council Leader Councillor Ian Bowyer and Assistant Chief Executive Giles Perritt. Commodore Ian Shipperley ADC will also be attending with many of the Commanding Officers from across the city.

The flag raising ceremony will be followed by a reception where the Lord Mayor will present three veterans with their badges while the winner and runners-up of the Armed Forces Day Badge competition will be presented with their prizes.

The Armed Forces flag will be flown all week, until the conclusion of all civic and military events, including during Armed Forces Day which takes place on Plymouth Hoe on Saturday 24 June.

There will be military vehicles and exhibition stands on the Piazza in the city centre, during Armed Forces Week.

Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Wendy Foster, said: “As a city with such strong links to the military, we are very proud of our military history and our Armed Forces based here in Plymouth.

“I am thrilled to be able to support Armed Forces Day and week, as well as being fun, it also carries a strong message. It’s an opportunity to say thank you and show our support to the Armed Forces.”

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