Thursday, 18 June 2009

Leeds flies the flag for Armed Forces Day



Caption: From left, Derick Sayers (RAF Police Dogs), Madge Farr (NVA), John Gage (chairman of NVA), Cllr Brenda Lancaster, Cllr Andrew Carter, Winnie Mills (Leeds RNA), Walter Brock (Burma Star) and Frank Fieldsend (Leeds RNA)

On Monday 22 June at 10.30am, Leeds will join hundreds of councils throughout the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man in raising a unique flag to support Britain's first ever Armed Forces Day.

Flags will be flown the length and breadth of the country from the Shetland Islands to Land’s End and from Lowestoft (England’s most easterly point) to the Scilly Isles.

The specially designed flags, based on the Union Jack, will be raised at 10.30am on Monday 22 June, in ceremonies across the country. This marks the beginning of a week of events leading up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday 27 June.
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Media are invited to attend the flag raising event on Monday, 22 June at 10.30am on the steps of Leeds Civic Hall. Councillor Andrew Carter, joint leader, will be joined by a group of war veterans to witness the flag being raised.
Please contact Claire Macklam on 0113 395 1578 to confirm your attendance
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In addition to more than 450 local authorities, over 3000 members of the public, businesses and schools will also fly official Armed Forces Day flags to join the celebrations to honour Britain's Armed Forces - past, present and future.

Armed Forces Day flags will also be flown where British Servicemen and women are serving overseas, including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cyprus, Germany, Gibraltar and the Falkland Islands.

Councillor Andrew Carter, joint leader of the council said:
“It is important that veterans and serving members of the armed forces are aware of the country’s gratitude and admiration for all that they have done and continue to do for people across the world.

“Leeds as a city is proud to fly this flag in support of all our armed forces – past, present and future.”

Veterans Minister Kevan Jones said:
"Every day, the men and women of our armed forces make personal sacrifices for us - a sacrifice often shared with their families. The fact that so many councils, businesses, schools and members of the public have shown their support by flying a flag will mean a great deal, particularly to those serving this country today."

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Additional info

An event to celebrate Armed Forces Day in Leeds will take place on Saturday, 27 June at Leeds Town Hall, 1 – 6pm.

For media enquiries, please contact;
Claire Macklam, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 395 1578
Email: claire.macklam@leeds.gov.uk