Flag is raised ahead of Armed Forces Day celebrations

Bob Barker BEM, chairman Bedford Branch of the KWVA is pictured with the flag and Eddie Allen, ex Royal Signals, is standing by flag pole.
Bob Barker BEM, chairman Bedford Branch of the KWVA is pictured with the flag and Eddie Allen, ex Royal Signals, is standing by flag pole.

The Armed Forces Day flag was raised outside Borough Hall yesterday (Monday) ahead of this weekend’s celebrations to honour our servicemen and women.

On Sunday (June 28) a parade organised by Bedford’s Royal British Legion will set off from De Parys Avenue at 10.30am, arriving in the town centre at 11am.

Armed Forces Day flag raising 2015.

Armed Forces Day flag raising 2015.

Military personnel will stand alongside dignitaries at the John Howard statue in Market Square before continuing onwards to Harpur Square.

This year, Bedford will welcome to the town centre the D Day Darlings who will be singing wartime classics, the Town Band, face painters specialising in camouflage and charities that support service personnel, along with sporting groups running free taster sessions.

Local historian David Fowler will also be on hand to talk through Bedford’s wartime history.

Bedford Borough Mayor Dave Hodgson said: “Occasions such as Armed Forces Day provide an opportunity for us to help raise awareness of the extraordinary contribution to our country past and present members of the Armed Forces have made.

Armed Forces Day flag raising.

Armed Forces Day flag raising.

“I am pleased to be able to say that these events are always well supported in Bedford, as we show our gratitude to those who have served, and continue to serve, on our behalf.”

Sunday’s town centre event will run from 10am to 4pm.

Central Bedfordshire Council also raised a flag outside its offices in Chicksands on Monday.

The ceremony was attended by the High Sheriff of Bedfordhsire, the Countess of Erroll and chairman of the council Councillor David Bowater.

Council leader James Jamieson said: “It was a great honour to again hold this ceremony at the Central Bedfordshire Council offices and show our support for the tremendous work carried out by our armed forces and the voluntary organisations who look after serving and former armed forces personnel and their families.”