Civic and military representatives gathered in the centre of a north Northumberland town on Monday to mark the start of Armed Forces Week.
The event, in Alnwick’s Market Place, featured a short address and prayers from Mayor of Alnwick Bill Grisdale and Rev Joan Grindrod-Helm, followed by raising the ArmedForces Flag on the Northumberland Hall.
Representatives from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force were all in attendance.
The lowering of the flag ceremony will take place at 5.45pm on Saturday.
There was also a flag-raising at County Hall in Morpeth and councillors, servicemen and women and civic leaders attended the ceremony.
Now in its sixth year, Armed Forces Day aims to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve and have served.
It also gives the nation an opportunity to show its 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.