To mark the start of Armed Forces Week a Flag Raising Ceremony will be held in Hereford on Monday 19 June 2017.

The ceremony will be held at 11.00am at the Hereford Bull Statue in High Town Hereford. It will be led by The Lord-Lieutenant, Lady Darnley and the Chairman of Herefordshire Council, Councillor Brian Wilcox. Also present will be representatives of the three services and the Royal British Legion. Following the formal ceremony there will be performances by pupils from Lord Scudamore Primary School and Trinity Primary School.

Brian Wilcox, Chairman of Herefordshire Council said:

I would welcome as many people as possible coming along to the flag raising event and showing their support for our armed services.  Later the same day, The Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Revd Richard Frith and the Dean of Hereford, the Very Revd Michael Tavinor, will be pledging their support by signing up to Armed Forces Corporate Covenants'.

Hereford will also see an event packed day commemorating Armed Forces Week on Saturday 24 June, from 10 am to 3pm including a flypast by a Second World War Spitfire. There will also be performances throughout the day by the Band and Bugles of The Rifles, along with several other events taking place both in the city centre and at Shire Hall. This will culminate in a free concert, open to all, at the Shirehall in Hereford from 7pm, featuring the Marches Military Wives Choir, Stretton Sugwas Primary School, Hereford Academy School choir and rock band and The Shire Boys.

Armed Forces Day aims 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 give everyone an opportunity to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community - from currently serving troops to Service families and from veterans to cadets.

For more information on what is happening on Armed forces day in Hereford please visit www.facebook.com/HerefordshireAFD

For more information on Herefordshire council's information and support available for armed forces personnel and families please visit www.herefordshire.gov.uk/armedforces

Published: Monday, 12th June 2017