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Raising the flag for Armed Forces Day

Torpoint will be raising the Armed Forces flag today Credit: Ministry of Defence

Torpoint will raise the Armed Forces Day Flag today as the town prepares to host Cornwall’s salute to military.

This year’s Cornwall’s Armed Forces Day will take place on Saturday (June 20th) at Thanckes Park, Torpoint.

In the lead up to the event the town will fly the flag from the masthead in the town centre.

We are delighted to have been chosen to host the County’s Armed Forces Day, honouring our military personnel, past, present and future.

We hope to build on the successful events we’ve have held in the park, such as our Golden Jubilee celebrations.

The event promises to be a great day of entertainment for all the family and we are looking forward to welcoming Armed Forces personnel, their families, veterans, cadets and members of the general public from across Cornwall and further afield.

– Councillor Mike Pearn


Redundancies in armed forces announced

Armed forces redundancies will be announced today. Credit: Tim Ireland / PA Wire

More than a thousand armed forces personnel are being informed today that they must quit the services as part of efforts to control defence spending.

It is unclear how many people in our region will be affected by these latest cuts to be announced by the Ministry of Defence.

A large number of people in the south west have already lost their jobs in previous rounds of cutbacks.

30% of the 3,800 confirmed redundancies are compulsory - with the bulk coming from the Army, which is facing the biggest overall cuts.

Defence Secretary Philip Hammond said fewer than expected were being axed from the Royal Navy and the RAF due to other measures such as slowed recruitment.

In total, 170 and 330 personnel from those two services are receiving notices - 29% of them on a compulsory basis.