Flags flown across the district for Armed Forces Day

The Mayor of Huntingdon, Councillor Karl Webb,

Left to right: Councillor Karl Webb, Mayor of Huntingdon, Squadron Leader Daz Priest, RAF Wyton, Lieutenant Colonel Darrel Lee, RAF Alconbury, Councillor Mac McGuire, Chairman Huntingdonshire District Council. Standard Bearers Bill Small, Royal Naval Association (Huntingdon) Standard Bearer and Nick Lynskey, Royal British Legion (Huntingdon) Standard Bearer. - Credit: Natasha Pierson

Members of the armed forces flew flags across the town to mark Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 26.  

The mayor of Huntingdon, Cllr Karl Webb, marked Armed Forces Day with a short wreath laying service at the Thinking Solider War Memorial on Huntingdon’s Market Square.  

Then to further mark the Armed Forces Day, flags flew from Huntingdon Town Hall and flags of the Royal Army, Navy and Air Force flew around the Market Square. 

The mayor was joined for the laying of wreaths by Cllr Mac McGuire, chairman of Huntingdonshire District Council, Colonel Martin of RAF Alconbury and a representative from RAF Wyton. 

Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday each June and the day offers a chance to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans and cadets. 

Armed Forces Day in St Ives 

Left to Right: Mr Andrew Baker (Standard Bearer, Huntingdon & District RAFA) Mr Barry Pattison, (Alternate Standard Bearer, St Ives RBL) and Mr Mike Robinson, (Standard Bearer, St Ives RBL) - Credit: Alan Scott


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Celebrations also took place in St Ives for Armed Forces Day, the Mayor of St Ives, Councillor Pasco Hussain joined with members of the Royal British Legion and the Royal Air Forces Association at a flag raising ceremony to celebrate. 

The Armed Forces Day flag was raised above the town hall in Market Hill to celebrate the UK's armed forces, past, present and future. 

Armed Forces Day in St Ives 

(L to R): Mr Kevin Charter (Trumpeter), Wing Commander Peter Baker, MBE (President of St Ives RBL), Councillor Pasco Hussain (Mayor of St Ives), Rev Roy Muttram, MA (Hon Chaplain, St Ives RBL), Mr Ed Kelly, (WW2 Veteran and Past President, St Ives RBL), Mr Mike Robinson, (Standard Bearer, St Ives RBL), Mr Barry Pattison, (Alternate Standard Bearer, St Ives RBL), Mr Andrew Baker (Standard Bearer, Huntingdon & District RAFA), Mr Paul Davidson (Vice-Chairman, Huntingdon and District RAFA), and Mrs Grace McLaren (Chairman, St Ives RBL Women’s Section). - Credit: Alan Scott

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Alan Scott, membership secretary, St Ives (Hunts) and district branch, Royal British Legion said: "Armed Forces Day is a chance for communities to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community."

Councillor Hussain said: "Even though this year was not the event we are used to seeing, it still served as a reminder to us all of the continued work that our armed forces do, and have been doing, not only for us at home, but all over the world both in times of peace and areas of conflict.

"It was therefore a pleasure to attend the Ceremony on Saturday as a representative for the people of St Ives, and I am sure we can all look forward to a return to business as usual next year when we can take part in the activities and entertainment that have become synonymous with Armed Forces Day in our Town."

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