High Peak flies flag for armed forces

HIGH Peak’s Mayor has backed a national event to show solidarity with British Armed Forces.

And he has urged residents to turn out in force for special flag-raising ceremonies in Buxton and Glossop.

Mayor David Lomax will attend events on Monday (June 20) when former service personnel from the two towns raise modified versions of the Union Flag, echoing similar events nationwide.

The Buxton ceremony takes place at 10am on the Pavilion Gardens car park off Burlington Road, with the Glossop equivalent starting at 12 noon by the flag pole near the main gates in Manor Park, off Manor Park Road.

Cllr Lomax will address guests including ex servicemen and women, members of the Royal British Legion, and councillors.

He said that, with Afghanistan and Iraq in mind, it was more necessary than ever to show solidarity with those who were sacrificing so much in the name of democracy, freedom and world peace.

“We need to demonstrate to our heroic Armed Forces that we are thinking of them and of the loved ones waiting at home for their safe return.”

The flag raising will be a prelude to the third annual British Armed Forces Day, taking place on Saturday June 25 to promote understanding of the crucial role played by the Armed Forces in defending the nation, its people and interests.