District council flies flag for National Armed Forces Day

Councillor Bill Glover, Chairman of Richmondshire District Council with military personnel from Catterick Garrison and RAF Leeming.

Richmondshire District Council marked National Armed Forces Day by flying the flag this week.

Chairman of the council, Councillor Bill Glover, led officials from the authority – along with forces personnel – in a ceremony to raise a special flag in Friary Gardens, Richmond.

A special plaque to celebrate the 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force was also unveiled in the gardens.

Councillor Glover gave the initial address and Lt Col Jordan, the Garrison Commander at Catterick Garrison replied on behalf of the armed forces.

They were joined by veterans, civic leaders, councillors, representatives from the Police, St John’s Ambulance and Royal British Legion, local children from the Catterick detachment of the Army Cadet Force and forces personnel – Army and RAF.

“It is important that our Armed Forces past and present are shown support and gratitude for the huge personal sacrifices they have made and continue to make for our country,” said Councillor Glover.

“To have so many people represented at the ceremony – both present and past military personnel – made the event very special.”