Touching ceremony to mark the end of national celebration

The flag-lowering ceremony.
The flag-lowering ceremony.

Alnwick Town Council marked the end of Armed Forces Week with a flag-lowering ceremony on Saturday afternoon at Alnwick Castle.

Led by the standard bearers from the Royal British Legion, Coldstream Guards Association, Fusiliers Association and RAF Association, attendees paraded into the castle, led by Mayor of Alnwick Coun Alan Symmonds.

In attendance were representatives and veterans of the three Armed Forces, town councillors and members of the public for a ceremony led by the Mayor and Rev Alan Craig.

The occasion was marked with prayers, a blessing and a reading.

The ceremony concluded with the group standing to attention to sing the National Anthem and then turned towards the flagpole on top of the Fusiliers Museum, before the Armed Forces flag was lowered while The Last Post was played.

Coun Symmonds said: “Armed Forces Week is an important national occasion when Alnwick can show its support for the Armed Forces and the outstanding work they do for our nation.”

Coun Symmonds confirmed that next year’s ceremonies would take place on Column Field as the town council has planning permission to install a civic flagpole (see story, above).