As part of the Armed Forces Week the Lord Mayor of Westminster, Councillor Christabel Flight, presided over a ceremony raising the Armed Forces Flag on the roof of City Hall to celebrate the City’s strong links with the Armed Forces. This accompanies similar events taking place in local authorities throughout the country.
The ceremony was overseen by a group of Guardsmen from the F Company Scots Guards and was accompanied by a bugler. The flag itself will remain flying for the duration of Armed Forces Week, which ends on Saturday 27 June.
The event was followed by a reception, which took place in the Lord Mayor’s Parlour. The Lord Mayor Councillor Flight remarked on the importance of the day, saying that it was “a great opportunity to reflect upon the contribution of the military service to our Country.”
Councillor Rachael Robathan, chair of the Armed Forces Community Covenant, which aims to encourage support for members of the Armed Forces community working and residing in Westminster, stated: “We are very fortunate and privileged to have the Scots Guard join the proceedings and raise the flag for the ceremony. I look forward to continuing to work in collaboration with the Armed Services to support and raise awareness of the Forces with the wider civilian community in Westminster.”
Find out more about the Community Covenant.