Flying the flag for heroes

Raising of the flag at Burnley Town Hall in support of armed forces day.'Photo Ben Parsons
Raising of the flag at Burnley Town Hall in support of armed forces day.'Photo Ben Parsons

A SPECIAL flag was raised in Burnley to honour men and women serving in the British Armed Forces.

The ceremony, held in the run up to Armed Forces Day tomorrow, saw the Mayor and Mayoress of Burnley stand shoulder to shoulder with ex-servicemen, Royal British Legion veterans and the soldiers’ charity Salute.

Civil dignitaries applauded as the specially-commissioned flag was hoisted above Burnley Town Hall in a ceremony repeated by councils across the country. The Mayor of Burnley, Coun. David Heginbotham, said: “Our servicemen and women put their lives on the line to protect this country, our democracy and our way of life. I’m proud that we can honour them in this simple but effective way which shows we support the massive work they are doing across the world.

“This is a public show of support for our Armed Forces who are asked to do an extremely difficult job in often very dangerous situations. Whether or not you agree with the conflicts they’re involved in, I hope everyone can recognise their bravery and professionalism.

“Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for the public to say thank you for the outstanding contribution the Armed Forces community makes to this country.”

At County Hall in Preston, Lord Shuttleworth KCVO, Lord-Lieutenant of Lancashire, presented a flag to the leader of Lancashire County Council.