RESIDENTS are invited to join the Mayor of Stockton-on-Tees, Councillor Maurice Perry, to mark the start of Armed Forces Week at the annual flag raising ceremony.
On Monday (19 June), the ceremony will take place outside of Stockton Town Hall and feature a speech by retired Colonel Heron, Durham Light Infantry to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week nationally. Mrs Sue Snowdon, the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham will also be in attendance
Members of the public are welcome to come along and watch the ceremony, which starts at 10.15am.
Armed Forces Day itself takes place on Thursday 22 June between 10am and 3.30pm on Stockton High Street.
The day includes displays hosted by serving members and veterans of the Army, Navy and Air Force in the Town Centre giving advice and information about life in the forces, with entertainment provided throughout the day by a WW1/2 singer and soprano, along with performances by local schools.
At 11.45am there will be an outside Service to the Troops featuring the Salvation Army Band.
The Mayor said: “Here in Stockton Borough we are very proud of both of our troops and veterans and events like these give us all the chance to show our gratitude and remember all of those who have given their service to our country.
“I would encourage everyone to come down and take part in the events; it really would be wonderful to see you all there.”
For more information visit www.stockton.gov.uk/events