THE contribution made by Armed Forces personnel both past and present was recognised during an emotional ceremony.
Peterlee marked Armed Forces Day early by putting on an event at the Helford Road Pavilion.
Young and old stood shoulder-to-shoulder to pay their respects and show appreciation to the commitment and sacrifice made by the military.
Amongst those present were former Teesside Development Corporation chairman Sir Ron Norman, who was representing the Lord Lieutenant of Durham, Peterlee Mayor, Councillor Ron Curtis and his deputy, Councillor Don Milsom and town council leader Bill Jeffrey.
Members of Horden Cadets marched into the ground and gave a salute, and British Legions veterans and members of Peterlee and District Lions were also in attendance, with Peterlee Police being represented by Inspector Dave Coxon.
Ian Langthorne, from Peterlee’s GT Group Band, played The Last Post on the bugle, there were two flag-bearers, and the ceremony culminated in a flag being raised.
Coun Jeffrey said: “This is something that the council has taken on board from the inception of the Raising the Flag Day and we will support it as long as it’s there.
“We have Remembrance Sunday, which we all attend, but this is a flag-flying day to remember everybody - even those people out in foreign parts.
“It was nice to see some of the older veterans who were also there last year.”
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. It gives people a chance to show support to troops currently in service.
l Don’t miss our Armed Forces Day supplement in Friday’s Mail.