Emotional tribute to the armed forces

Pictured following the Armed Forces Day service at Helford Road Pavillion are(left to right) veteran Frank Wyman, army cadet Christopher Wright, Derek Bland of the Royal British Legion, army cadets Dean Laidler and Ben Farrow and former Royal Engineer, Peterlee Mayor John Hardy.

Pictured following the Armed Forces Day service at Helford Road Pavillion are(left to right) veteran Frank Wyman, army cadet Christopher Wright, Derek Bland of the Royal British Legion, army cadets Dean Laidler and Ben Farrow and former Royal Engineer, Peterlee Mayor John Hardy.

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A FLAG-RAISING ceremony has taken place to mark the contribution of the armed forces both past and present.

The Helford Road Pavilion, in Peterlee, celebrated national Armed Forces Day early by raising a flag in a poignant ceremony to the sounds of a bugle.

Several war veterans including Frank Wyman, 90, attended the event, along with the town’s Mayor, Coun John Hardy, the Horden Cadets, and members of the Royal British Legion and Peterlee Town Council.

Deborah Woodhall, clerical officer for Peterlee Town Council, said: “It was a really nice morning. We had a guy playing the bugle and it was really calm and quite emotional.

“We had a great turn-out, about 50 people altogether, to pay our respects to those from the Armed Forces past and to show our support for those currently serving.”

Armed Forces Day, which is being held on Saturday, is a national event to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces and gives people an opportunity to show support for the men and women who are currently serving troops.