Armed Forces Week marked with official flag raising

The Armed Forces flag is flying over St Peter's Hill in Grantham after an official flag raising on Monday.

Marking the start of Armed Forces Week (24-29 June), the council-organised ceremony was attended by past and serving military, the Royal British Legion, council officers and members, representatives of the Kings School Combined Cadet Force, the War Memorials Trust, Royal Navy Association, Merchant Navy Association and Grantham Town Council.

Grantham’s particular link with its local military community was echoed by Prince William of Glos Barracks Head of Establishment Lt Col Duncan Lowe.

Lt Col Lowe said: “Today is important for not only service men and women but also for friends and families offering them moral support so they can provide service to the country, and enable closer links to the community, which to me is a key element.  

“That relationship between the military, the local community and the wider civilian society is something that I am keen to foster and develop further.”

Padre Paul Whitehead from PWOG read the Armed Forces Prayer and RBL Grantham Chairman Clive Cooper read part of the Poem for the Fallen.

The Last Post and Reveille were played by Cadet Lance Corporal Samy Almerie and the flag was raised by Cadet Corporal Arun Ratliffe. Cadet standard bearer was Sgt Lewis Sadler.

The flag will remain flying until the end of end of Armed Forces Day on 29 June.

Cadet Corporal Arun Ratcliffe raised the Armed Forces flag


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