Flying the flag for Armed Forces

North Devon has been marking Armed Forces Week by honouring those serving and who have served in the forces.

HUNDREDS of people turned out in Bideford on Monday to mark the start of Armed Forces Week with a parade along the Quay.

Local organisations including the Royal British Legion, Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, Brownies and members of the Royal Marine Association took part in the event.

Led by the Tarka Pipe Band, the parade gathered in Victoria Park for a flag raising ceremony.

The parade was organised by Torridge District Council and is part of the build up to national Armed Forces Day on Saturday, honouring those serving and who have served in the armed forces.

Members of Torridge District Council and Bideford Town Council also attended the ceremony, as well as mayor of Bideford Simon Inch.

In Instow, parish council members raised the Armed Forces Flag on the lawns of the Commodore Hotel on Monday morning.

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Cllr Thomas said: “This is an opportunity to raise public awareness of the contribution made to our country.”

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