Council celebrates Armed Forces Week 2019
3 July 2019The valuable work of the borough’s Armed Forces was showcased and celebrated last week in a number of events organised by Cheshire West and Chester Council.
The Armed Forces Day Flag was raised by Lord Mayor, Councillor Mark Williams, at Chester’s Town Hall Square, to mark the start of a national week to honour the Armed Forces.
Representatives from the Army, Chester Cathedral, University of Chester and local veterans’ organisations were in attendance at the ceremony.
Visitors to Chester also had the opportunity to help celebrate the work of those who give up their spare time to serve their country during Reserves Day on 26 June.
The Council invited representatives of 75 Engineer Regiment, 4 Mercian Regiment (Ellesmere Port), the Queens Own Yeomanry, and 157 Royal Logistics Corp to showcase what they do with displays in the city centre throughout the day.
Also present on the day were representatives of the Soldiers’, Sailors’, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) and the Royal British Legion.
Councillor Brian Jones, the Council’s Armed Forces Member Champion, said: “We organised these events to show our support for the Armed Forces and to highlight the important work of the Reserve Forces.
“Reservists balance their civilian life with a Service career and make a valuable contribution to the nation over and above their day jobs. They have always played and continue to play a key role in our Armed Forces.
“I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to speak with those Reservists and Armed Forces charities in Chester this week and it was good to see so many members of the public also making the most of the opportunity.”
During Armed Forces Week military personnel were offered discounts on free Park and Ride travel in Chester and Storyhouse also organised a 20% discount off any food and drinks.
For more information about Cheshire West and Chester Council’s work to support the Armed Forces visit the Armed Forces Covenant website.
For more information about the Army visit the Army Reserve website.