Armed Forces week is a big thing in Plymouth with its military connections stretching back through the centuries. This coming weekend sees a big event on Plymouth Hoe, but the week started today with a flag raising ceremony in the city centre, as John Andrews reports.
A ceremony has taken place in Plymouth this morning to mark the start of Armed Forces week. On Saturday almost 800 servicemen and women marched through Exeter City Centre in a similar event. The week will end with a day of celebration on Plymouth Hoe.
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Exeter today as 800 servicemen and women paraded through the city to mark Armed Forces day. The Princess Royal who took the salute also re-dedicated a chapel to the Royal Marines and Navy in the Cathedral. Richard Lawrence reports:
As part of the city’s annual celebrations of the work of the Armed Forces, almost 800 servicemen and women from all branches of the armed forces will be marching through the City Centre with Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal taking the salute at the Guildhall.
The Armed Forces Day flag will be raised outside the Guildhall in Plymouth this morning (10 am) to recognise the contribution of the country's servicemen and women. Veterans and cadets will be among those at the ceremony.
A range of events are taking place in the city in the run up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday.
Events have been held across the West Country to mark Armed Forces Day. Plymouth is playing host to the national celebration with the Prime Minister and His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex joining the crowds in a show of support for servicemen and women.
Tamsin Eames reports on the days events.
Our reporter Julie Skentelbery has spent the day among the crowds talking to people about the day's importance.
13 MINUTES AGODavid Cameron: 'This is about celebrating the enormous contribution the Armed Forces make'Prime Minister David Cameron has attended an event in Plymouth to celebrate the Armed Forces.
He was asked what he thought the event meant for the servicemen and woman and said:
"This is about actually celebrating the enormous contribution the Armed Forces make every day of the year."
He added: "As prime minister it's a huge pleasure and a privilege to be involved in this coming together."
Residents of Plymouth pay tribute to the nation's Armed Forces.