Chorley flies the flag for Armed Forces Day

Chorley is proudly flying the flag for our brave Armed Forces.

A special flag can be seen over Chorley Town Hall in honour of our men and women in uniform.

Ex-servicemen and children from local schools joined councillors and dignitaries at a special ceremony to hoist the flag to mark Armed Forces Day this Saturday, June 29.

The Mayor, Coun John Walker, was presented with the flag by the Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire, Jeremy Gorick.

Coun Walker said: “I’m delighted to support Armed Forces Day.

“It is an opportunity for everyone to show their appreciation of those people who serve and have served in the armed forces.”

He told the people assembled that he’d had the privilege of attending the homecoming of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment from Afghanistan and was impressed with their enthusiasm, dedication and pride in their regiment.

“Flying this flag is a reminder to us all of everything service men and women, past and present, give and have given,” he said.

Chorley has joined towns and cities across the country which are flying flags all week.

Pupils from Parklands, St Michael’s, Astley Park and St Laurence’s schools were at the ceremony on Monday with ex-service personnel and

councillors.

The deputy lieutenant, Mr Gorick, said: “Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to do two things.

“Firstly, to raise public awareness of the contribution the armed forces make to our lives, and secondly, it gives us all a chance to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from serving troops to their families, and from veterans to cadets.

“The main operation is currently taking place in Afghanistan where they’re working towards a prosperous and safe future, and ensuring that life for people there is improving, so much so that young people, including young girls, are able to go to school whereas they weren’t able to before.”

Chorley Council is to sign a community covenant pledging to support the Armed Forces community locally.