Raising the flag

Flag raising ceremony to commemorate Armed Forces Day at Hemsworth war memorial.

Flag raising ceremony to commemorate Armed Forces Day at Hemsworth war memorial.

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COUNCILLORS, children and members of the Royal British Legion gathered in Hemsworth to honour people serving in the armed forces.

The flag-raising ceremony took place at the Hemsworth War Memorial, Bullenshaw Road, on Monday to mark the start of Armed Forces Week, which shows support for past and present service men and women.

The event was organised by Hemsworth Town Council and attended by councillors Tony Upson, Sandra Pickin, Bob McIntyre, Ann Westmorland, Doreen Swift and Stan Wilson, representatives from the Hemsworth branch of the Royal British Legion, children from Kinsley J&I School and St Helen’s C of E school, and Father David Wheatley (the Master Archbishop of Holgate Hospital - Parish of Hemsworth), as well as members of the public.

Father Wheatley carried out a blessing and a representative from the Royal British Legion raised the flag.

A bugle player from West Yorkshire Fire Service also performed at the ceremony.

Refreshments were then served at the Hemsworth Town Council Community Centre, also on Bullenshaw Road.

Armed Forces Week is a national event, ending with Armed Forces Day on Saturday, and a number of similar events took place across the district.

Coun Upson, chairman of the town council, said: “It was a lovely ceremony.

“It is nice to be able to show our support for people in the armed forces.”