Flying the flag for Armed Forces Day

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EAST Renfrewshire officials saluted Britain’s armed forces past, present and future at a flag raising ceremony yesterday (Monday).

The event was part of Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 29 and East Renfrewshire provost Alastair Carmichael welcomed both veterans and current serving members, as well as territorial army cadets from Giffnock and Barrhead.

Guy Clark, HM lord lieutenant of Renfrewshire made a speech, Reveille was sounded by Nicholas Scholfield and the flag was raised by corporal Robert Watson of the 168th Pioneer regiment.

Pipe major Ian MacDonald, of Neilston pipe band, accompanied with The Flowers of the Forest.

Provost Carmichael commented: “An event such as this gives us the opportunity to raise public awareness of the contribution made by those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s armed forces, and it gives the nation an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community.

“They and their predecessors enable us to live our lives today in peace and freedom — something for which we should all be grateful.”

Glasgow lord lieutenant and lord provost Sadie Docherty also marked the occasion, raising the city flag on Monday ahead of the annual Armed Forces Day event this Saturday.

The city centre parade will be led by the Royal Marine Band Scotland, and the day will also feature a flypast by a pair of typhoon jets, and entertainment from That Swing Sensation and the Kennedy Cupcakes.