NEWS

JUNE 19TH 2017

Raising a flag in Nottingham

Cadets, adult volunteers and council representatives after the event

Cadets, adult volunteers and council representatives after the event

A flag raising event was held today (19 June) at County Hall in West Bridgford to mark the beginning of Armed Forces week.

Taking place on the embankment on the River Trent, the event saw young people from Nottinghamshire’s Army Cadet Force (ACF) and Air Training Corps (ATC) work with veterans and Nottinghamshire County and City Council’s civic leadership to raise the Armed Forces Day flag.

Councillor Keith Girling, the County Council’s Armed Forces Champion, addressed attendees gathered explaining the importance of the annual event. This was later followed by the Chairman’s Chaplain saying a prayer for peace and protection.

Simon Worsley, Deputy Chief Executive at East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association, attended the event. He said: “I am delighted that so many cadets from across Nottinghamshire’s community cadet organisations have gathered here at County Hall for the raising of the Armed Forces Flag. The event symbolises the start of Armed Forces Week during which I hope we will all take an opportunity to think about, and where possible thank, our Armed Forces, past and present, for their sacrifice and contribution to our Nation’s safety”.

Council representatives with cadets at the flag raising event

Council representatives with cadets at the flag raising event

Staff Sergeant Instructor Lee Slater, an adult volunteer from Nottinghamshire ACF, said: “It is always a privilege for the cadets from Nottinghamshire ACF to take part in the Armed Forces flag raising ceremony along with the air cadets in the presence of many honoured guests from throughout the county.”

Squadron Leader Jodi Kevin Hudson, from the ATC’s South and East Midlands Wing, commented: “As in previous years, air cadet units from across Nottinghamshire were represented as part of a large ATC contingent at the flag raising event.  The cadets and staff taking part were keen to show their support for the Armed Forces by marking this important national event at County Hall.”

Councillor Keith Girling said: “Nottinghamshire County Council is fully committed to supporting our Armed Forces where we can and we believe that events such as this flag raising event help demonstrate that the Nottinghamshire Community are proud of those who have and are currently serving in our Armed Services. As the Armed Forces Champion for Nottinghamshire County Council and an ex serving Grenadier Guard I am immensely proud that the Council is holding this event.”

Marching to the event in Nottingham

Marching to the event in Nottingham

Councillor Brian Grocock from Nottingham City Council also attended the event. He explained: “As the Armed Forces Champion on behalf of the Nottingham City Council I welcome the joint Armed Forces flag raising event.  We must be aware of all the brave personnel who serve in our Armed Forces and should remember those who have sacrificed their lives in conflicts around the world trying to bring peace and stability to all.”

"The event symbolises the start of Armed Forces Week during which I hope we will all take an opportunity to think about, and where possible thank, our Armed Forces, past and present, for their sacrifice and contribution to our Nation’s safety”.