Council's flag raising for Armed Forces Week

Trafford Council will hold a flag raising event to mark the start of Armed Forces Week 2020.

Armed Forces Week takes places from June 22 – 29 and provides a chance for people to show support for the men and women  who make up the Armed Forces community; from currently serving troops to Service families, to veterans and cadets.

The event takes place at Trafford Town Hall at 11am on Monday June 22 and will be attended by an Armed Forces representative, a Trafford Council Reservist, Council leader Andrew Western and Mayor Cllr Rob Chilton. The Armed Forces flag will be raised by The High Sheriff of Manchester Eamonn O’Neal and everyone in attendance will follow social distancing rules.

The Council had organised a number of events and celebrations to mark Armed Forces Week 2020, but they had to be cancelled due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

To mark the week, Trafford Veterans, a local community group for members of the Armed Forces community, have commissioned a beer for their members. It will be delivered during the week together with some Armed Forces bunting, ensuring veterans can still commemorate this special week.

Cllr Judith Lloyd, Trafford Council’s Armed Forces Lead, said:

Armed Forces Week 2020 is a chance for everyone to celebrate the brave men and women who make up the Armed Forces. We enjoy the freedoms we have today because of them and their colleagues who have fought wars to keep us safe in the past. It is a shame that we had to cancel our events because of the Coronavirus, but the flag raising event will be a great tribute to the Armed Services community.”

Posted on Thursday 18th June 2020