THE Armed Forces Flag was raised at Holy Trinity Church in Skipton yesterday to mark the start of Armed Forces Week.

Civic dignitaries, including Craven District Council chairman Cllr Simon Myers, Armed Forces Champion Cllr David Ireton, Skipton Town Mayor Richard Judge and veterans from the Royal British Legion gathered at the church for the ceremony.

Because of work taking place at the town hall, the flag has been raised this year at the church.The Rev Canon James Theodosius blessed the flag before it was raised and delivered a prayer in remembrance of those who sacrificed their lives in war.

Armed Forces Week is an annual celebration of the country’s serving officers, cadets, veterans and reservists.

Cllr Ireton said: “We are proud to fly the Armed Forces Flag in Skipton. This week is a chance to honour and show your support for the men and women who make up the armed forces community - from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets – for the work they do locally and have done and continue to do around the world.”

Cllr Simon Myers, added: “I am very proud to be able to celebrate our armed forces men and women in person this year. We never thought we would see scenes of war in Europe and it brings it back home to us. Therefore, it’s very poignant and important for us to show our support to all members of the armed forces community for their dedication and service to our country – this week we say thank you.”

The Armed Forces Flag will be lowered in another small ceremony on Sunday.