To mark the start of Armed Forces Week, Alnwick Town Council held its annual flag-raising ceremony at Alnwick Castle this morning.
Representatives and veterans from the three Armed Forces, led by Alnwick Mayor Coun Alan Symmonds, along with Father Peter Etterley, paraded through the Barbican entrance onto the area in front of the Fusiliers Museum. The parade also included standard bearers from the RAF Association, Coldstream Guards Association and Royal British Legion, as well as town councillors and members of the public.
After prayers, readings and blessings, the group stood to attention to sing the National Anthem, then turned towards the flagpole on top of the Fusiliers Museum and, while Reveille was played by Dennis Todd, the Armed Forces flag was raised.
The flag-lowering ceremony will take place on Saturday (Armed Forces Day) at 3.45pm and anyone wishing to attend should be at the Barbican entrance at 3.30pm.
Armed Forces Day and Week aim 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.