Flag flying ceremony honours Armed Forces
The Armed Forces were honoured earlier this week when the Armed Forces Day flag was raised during a short, outdoor ceremony at the Town Hall gardens in Scarborough.
While the prestigious Armed Forces Day national event, which was due to be held in Scarborough tomorrow (26 June) has been postponed until June 2022, the annual flag flying ceremony went ahead, with fewer attendees than previous years and in line with current Covid-19 restrictions.
The ceremony was opened by Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Eric Broadbent. Chair of the local Royal British Legion branch, Peter Parkinson, recited the Kohima Epitaph and a short prayer was given by the Mayor’s chaplain, Reverend Richard Walker.
A local young bugler played the Last Post before a one minute silence was observed.
A small number of veterans took part as standard bearers.
After the ceremony, Royal Navy Lieutenant, David Jackson, presented the Mayor with the HMS Duncan Coat of Arms, on behalf of the ship’s captain.
Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Eric Broadbent, said:
"The global coronavirus pandemic has meant an unprecedented sixteen months for millions around the world and here in the UK. During this time our Armed Forces have continued their regular unstinting service alongside a vital role in the fight against Covid-19, working on the front line in hospitals, being part of the vaccine taskforce and logistics, supporting the ambulance service and carrying out community testing.
"The flag flying ceremony was our opportunity to give thanks for their dedication to service, which has undoubtedly saved many thousands of lives. We also honoured the memory of those gone before us, whose service and sacrifice will never be forgotten."