Raising of Armed Forces Flag

Armed Forces flagThe Armed Forces Flag was raised outside Plymouth Guildhall this morning to mark the start of this year’s Plymouth Armed Forces Week.

The flag raising ceremony was attended by the Lord Mayor of Plymouth, Councillor Pauline Murphy and the Lord Lieutenant of Devon’s representative, Deputy Lieutenant Vice Admiral Sir Richard Ibbotson.

Other civic and military guests included Council Leader Councillor Ian Bowyer, Deputy Leader Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Leader of the Opposition Councillor Tudor Evans and Chief Executive Tracey Lee.

The ceremony was followed by a reception where Vice Admiral Sir Richard Ibbotson presented two veterans with their badges and the Lord Mayor presented the winner and runners-up in the Armed Forces Weekend Badge competition.

The flag will be flown until Armed Forces Weekend draws to a close on Plymouth Hoe on Sunday 26 June.

Lord Mayor Councillor Pauline Murphy said: “Armed Forces Weekend is an important event for Plymouth, with its strong military connections. It is an opportunity to thank our local armed forces personnel for their hard work and dedication and to recognise and commemorate the sacrifices they make to keep us all safe.”