Flag Raising ceremony in Bideford

Hundreds of people gathered at Torridge’s annual Flag Raising Ceremony in Victoria Park on Monday to commemorate Armed Forces Week 2018.

The event coincided with week-long celebrations around the Country in honour of Servicemen and Woman both past and present. The events seek 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.

This year commemorated the Centenary of the First World War Armistice, the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Royal Air Force and the 10th year of Armed Forces Day celebrations.

A procession from Bideford Quay was led by Bideford Town Band and included Armed Forces, veterans, serving representatives from various branches of the Armed Forces, cadets, members of the Scouting Association, youth and sports groups

The programme included an opening address by the Council Chair, Councillor Simon Inch, and prayers led by the Reverend Alan Glover. East-the-Water, St Mary’s and West Croft School choirs all sang beautifully adding extra emotion to an already moving ceremony.

Councillor Simon Inch 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 Simon Inch – Chair Torridge District Council said:

“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.

During this Centenary year, it proved to be a moving and poignant event to remember and honour our servicemen and woman both past and present.”

Refreshments for the cadets and other children were kindly donated by Tesco Bideford. The Armed Forces Day Flag will be flying all week.

Please follow the link to view our video of the parade and ceremony:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lk8V3pHJkC8

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