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Free bus travel for Armed Forces members

British Veterans Credit: PA

Veterans, Cadets and serving members of the Armed Forces will be able to travel on Stagecoach buses in Cumbria for free on Saturday 24 June.

The free travel is in support of Armed Forces Day, aimed at celebrating the service of previous and current personnel of the British Armed Forces.

To travel for free, commuters will either need to be in uniform or show a valid identification card.

We are delighted to once again be supporting our Armed Forces communities across Cumbria. By providing free travel to military personnel and veterans we hope to be able to give a well-deserved morale boost for our local troops.

– Matthew Cranwell, Managing Director of Stagecoach Cumbria and North Lancashire

Flag raised in the Borders for Armed Forces Week

Credit: Scottish Borders Council

A flag has been raised at Scottish Borders Council HQ in support of Armed Forces Week.

Councils and organisations across the UK are raising the flag in recognition of the role played by servicemen and women past and present.

“The Scottish Borders has a long and proud connection with our armed forces and the annual raising of the flag is an important symbol of our appreciation for everything that our brave servicemen and women have done and continue to do to keep us all safe.

“Given the recent events in Manchester and London, it is particularly important that we stand in solidarity with them this year and acknowledge the vital work they do every day to protect and defend us from harm.”

– Councillor Tom Weatherston, SBC Depute Convener


Armed forces week to be marked across regions with flag raise

Events around Cumbria and the south of Scotland have been planned to mark Armed Forces Week Credit: ITV Border

A number of events around Cumbria and the south of Scotland will be held to mark Armed Forces Week.

Events will include flag-raising ceremonies at the Old Town Hall in Carlisle on Monday 19 June at 12pm and in Workington at 10.30am.

The official Armed Forces Day flag is raised to mark a week of national celebrations in support of men and women of the armed forces community, including serving personnel, veterans, cadets and their families.

'We must never ever forget'

Council buildings across the region will be flying flags for the military this week.

They are being hoisted ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday to recognise the contribution made by the nation's servicemen and women.

Allerdale Mayor Councillor Len Davies says it's an important reminder of the sacrifices made by those who serve in the forces.

Council 'delighted' to fly the flag for Armed Forces Week

Eden District Council have expressed their pride at being involved in Armed Forces Week commemorations.

The council raised a flag at Penrith Town Hall earlier today to mark the start of the events, and were joined by members of the Royal British Legion.

"We are always delighted to proudly fly the flag to celebrate Armed Forces Day, which symbolises the contribution the Armed Forces have and continue to make to our country.

"We are delighted that members of The Royal British Legion joined with Eden Councillors, many of whom proudly served in HM Armed Forces to mark the occasion."

– Council Chairman John Thompson.

"As a previous member of Her Majesty's forces I know that it is always a morale booster to know that you have the support of the general public whilst carrying out your duty to your country.

"Showing our support in this way and continuing as we the Members of the Royal British Legion do, to stand Shoulder to Shoulder with all who Serve and have served we show our appreciation for the difficult tasks that our Armed Forces are asked to perform on our behalf."

– The Reverend John Oliver, President of Penrith and District Branch Royal British Legion


Penrith flying the flag for Armed Forces week

People in Penrith have taken part in a flag raising ceremony at the town hall to mark the start of Armed Forces Week.

Events are taking place across the country this week in the run up to National Armed Forces Day on Saturday 28 June.

The flag was raised in Penrith today to mark the start of Armed Forces Week. Credit: Eden District Council

The chairman of Eden District Council, John Thompson, today raised the Armed Forces Day flag with David Stonehouse, Chairman of The Penrith and District Branch of The Royal British Legion.

Events take place ahead of Armed Forces Day

Events are taking place ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday 29th June. At 10 am, Allerdale Borough Council have organised a short parade and flag raising ceremony at Allerdale House in Workington. A specially commissioned Armed Forces Day flag will be raised at Kendal Town Hall at 11.30 am.

A formal flag-raising ceremony will take place at the Old Town Hall in Carlisle at 12.00 pm and a flag will be raised at 2 pm at Penrith Town Hall.

Parents of solider killed in Afghanistan are special guests at Armed Forces Day parade

The town of Coldstream in the Scottish Borders has been marking Armed Forces Day. Hundreds turned out for the Parade of Colours which also raised money for a charity helping homeless former soldiers. It's the fourth time a parade has taken place in the town.

The parents of Guardsman Michael Sweeney from Blyth, who served with the Coldstream Guards, and was killed in Afghanistan in 2010 were special guests. His mother Kim said parades and fundraising for soldiers 'helped keep his memory alive'.

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