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Flying the flag for Armed Forces

FLAG: Coun Graham Walton, Fr Xavier Ho, Mayoress Karen Walton and Col Alan Jolley

FLAG: Coun Graham Walton, Fr Xavier Ho, Mayoress Karen Walton and Col Alan Jolley

Councils across Lancashire raised special Armed Forces Day flags in ceremonies across the county yesterday.

Lancashire County Council, Preston Council and South Ribble Council were among those taking part.

The flag aims to show support and appreciation for the contribution made by servicemen and women past and present, and for the wider Armed Forces community of families, veterans and cadets.

In Leyland the Mayor of South Ribble Coun Graham Walton raised a commemorative flag at the Civic Centre.

The specially-commissioned flag will be in place until Saturday.

Vice Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire Colonel Alan Jolley, from Leyland, helped Councillor Walton raise the flag which was blessed by chaplain Father Xavier Ho.

Coun Walton said: “This is an opportunity for the whole nation to show its support and appreciation for the contribution made by all those who serve or have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces at home and abroad. We will fly this flag with pride.”

Mayor of Preston, Coun Nick Pomfret, said: “Preston is, quite rightly, very proud of its military connections both past and present.

“The flag raising is in anticipation of Preston’s Armed Forces celebration this weekend on the Flag Market, and I know the public will show their support.”

 

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