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Council marks Armed Forces Week

Posted onPosted on 21st Jun

Newark and Sherwood District Council held a flag-raising ceremony on Monday to mark the start of Armed Forces Week 2021.

Armed Forces Week takes place until Sunday, 27th June and shows support for the men and women in the Armed Forces community; from currently serving troops to service families, to veterans and cadets and to reservists who have their own day of recognition on Wednesday 23 June.

The small ceremony took place at the district council offices at Castle House and was attended by council chairman Coun Penny Rainbow, chief executive John Robinson and policy and projects officer Will Taylor.

It was one of Coun Rainbow’s first civic duties since her appointment as chairman in May.

“I was honoured to raise the flag,” she said. “Armed Forces Week 2021 is a chance for us to show our support for the service people who make up the Armed Forces community, past and present.

“We enjoy the freedoms we have today because of them and their colleagues, who have fought to keep us safe in the past. It’s frustrating, but understandable, that we can’t celebrate them like we would normally due to COVID restrictions, but the flag raising event is a great tribute to the Armed Services community.”

After the ceremony the flag returned to half-mast to honour former Newark and Sherwood District councillor Ken Fletcher, who died earlier this month. Coun Fletcher served on the council for more than 30 years and was chairman in 2004.