Armed forces remembered

MILITARY personnel past and present were recognised at a special flag-raising ceremony to mark Armed Forces Day.

A special Armed Forces Day flag is set was raised over Rotherham Town Hall  on Monday in recognition of the contribution of Army, Navy and Air Force employees from across the borough.

The public event will mark the start of Armed Forces Day celebrations around the country, when last year more than 4,000 flags were flown in support of the military, both serving and retired, at home and abroad.

The Mayor of Rotherham, Cllr Shaun Wright, attended the event, which was organised by Rotherham Borough Council, together with Council Leader, Cllr Roger Stone, and other council members.

Members of the Territorial Army, the Royal British Legion, the Parachute Regiment, the Air Training Corps, the Royal Navy and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association also attended.

Cllr Mahroof Hussain, the council’s Cabinet member for community development, said:

“This event is Rotherham's opportunity to recognise what people across Rotherham have done and continue to do through their service.

“Our Armed Forces have a proud tradition of attracting people of all colours, faiths and backgrounds, united together in serving their country, and so this is very much part of the One Town, One Community vision for Rotherham, which promotes the values of inclusion, respect for diversity and the need to challenge intolerance, extremism and injustice.”