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Town's support for Armed Forces Day

Boston Mayor Cllr Paul Kenny raised the Armed Forces Day flag on Monday (June 24) to indicate the town's support for past and present soldiers, sailors and airmen and women and their families.

Veterans Brian Thornton, president of the Boston branch of the Royal Naval Association, and Ken Horner, treasurer of Boston branch of the Royal Air Forces Association, made up the flag presentation party prior to the Mayor hoisting it aloft in Memorial Gardens, Wide Bargate.

The Act of Homage was delivered by Paul Duddigan, president of Boston Royal British Legion.

The event was mirrored at the same time in town and cities all over the country. At the same time the Armed Forces Day flag was also raised at Boston Borough Council's Municipal Buildings in West Street.

The flags will fly until Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 29.

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Attending the Boston flag raising were representatives from all the Armed Forces, ex-service organisations and Boston Army, Air and Sea Cadets.

The Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire was represented by Mrs Joan Ashton MBE, Deputy Lieutenant of Lincolnshire. The Commanding Officer of RAF Coningsby, Group Captain Stringer, was in attendance with Station Warrant Officer Kenny Watson.

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Alison Lynch, the RBL Force Family and Friends Support Group Co-ordinator, said: "Boston is my home town and having lived the life of a military wife for the last 14 years it is gratifying to see support for something to be proud of."

The Boston branch of The Royal British Legion will be in Veterans Way, Wide Bargate, on Saturday, June 29, from 10am until 3pm, with the aim of meeting the Armed Forces community both past and present.

Alison said: "Armed Forces Day raises public awareness of the contribution made to our country by those who serve in Her Majesty's Armed Forces. It also gives the nation an opportunity to show their support to the men and women who make up our Armed Forces community, whether current service personnel or the families and friends who wholeheartedly show commitment to their loved ones while delivering their service commitments, or even meeting the cadets who are the future generation of our serving community.

"We use the day to show respect for the veterans who have already done their duty and are living among us."

Boston RBL members will be in Veterans Way to give help, support and advice. The Forces, Family and Friends Support Circle will also be in attendance. This was formed to reach out to the Forces community to show support during deployment and difficult times or advice when going through the transition from serving personnel to veteran.

The branch will also having a prize draw to raise funds for the legion. Prizes include a weekend test drive of an Audi TT donated by Boston Audi, an inside hangar tour for Lincolnshire Aviation at East Kirby and numerous shopping and meal vouchers. Tickets are £1 each or £5 per book.

The central part to the day will be a service of thanksgiving and commemoration at the War Memorial at 10.50am for everyone to attend.

The service will be started and brought to a close by the Coningsby Military Wives Choir and will be see the RBL announce their Armed Forces Hero and Armed Forces Family Hero.