Worcestershire County Council's chairman flies the flag for Armed Forces Day

Raising the flag at County Hall
(From left to right) Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Holcroft, the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire. Cllr Ian Hopwood, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council, Leader of Worcestershire County Council Adrian Hardman, Alan Smith, Worcestershire Partnership Relationship Manager, Reverent Philip Jones, Clare Marchant, the Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Council, Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Hitchman , Rob Adams, Chairman of the Worcestershire Armed Forces Community Covenant Partnership and Janet Hopwood.
Published Tuesday, 23rd June 2015

The Chairman of Worcestershire County Council, Ian Hopwood has attended a special flag raising ceremony at County Hall (Monday 22 June) to mark the beginning of Armed Forces Week.

As well as local authorities, Town and Parish councils and local groups have been raising the Armed Forces Day Flag across the country to show their support for our servicemen and women, and the wider Armed Forces community.

The Armed Forces Day Flag was raised at 11am outside the main entrance of County Hall by The Chairman, Cllr Hopwood, with special guest Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Hitchman. Also in attendance were Clare Marchant, Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Council, Adrian Hardman, Leader of Worcestershire County Council and Lieutenant Colonel Patrick Holcroft, the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire.

Cllr Ian Hopwood, Chairman of Worcestershire County Council said: "It is a great and special honour to be able to raise the flag on behalf of our Armed Forces. I joined the army after I left school and served in the colours for 9 years so there is a personal connection for me. This is the third annual Armed Forces Day and is a real opportunity for people across the nation to remember all service men and women who are protecting our freedom and not forgetting those who gave their today for our tomorrow."

The raising of the flag at County Hall took place ahead of the national event on Saturday 27 June, which will be held in Guildford this year and aims to raise awareness of the vital role that our Armed Forces, past and present, make and have made to our security and well-being.

For information about all the Armed Forces events that are taking place, visit www.armedforcesday.org.uk .