Record crowds turned out on Monday for Melton’s ‘Fly the Flag’ event to welcome the approach of Armed Forces Day.
The Fly the Flag for Armed Forces Day was hosted by Mayor Coun Tejpal Bains at Parkside. Coun Bains was ‘very pleased’ to see the event so well attended’.
WO1 (CRSM) Stuart Rowles of the RAVC Defence Animal Training Regiment in Melton lead the parade before a short service in which the flag was blessed bythe Rev Kevin Ashby and the Rev James Skinner.
The RevDr Mary Barr said the prayers after the blessing.
The flag was then rasied at 11am by WO Adam Betts to honour the British Armed Forces, past, present and future.
Coun Bains said: “It is both an honour and a privilege for me to host this event today to recognise Armed Forces Fly the Flag day and be given the opportunity to join the nation to reflect on the crucial role played by our Armed Forces in both ceremonial and operational duties and to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.
“The borough of Melton has always been a staunch supporter of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces; from its long association with the RAVC and its affiliate ship HMS Quorn which is currently in dock undergoing a refit.
“Their selfless dedicated service is an example to us all and they are a true credit to us and our country.”
“We thank and celebrate our armed services today by the raising of the flag which will be flown at Parkside for the rest of the week.”