On the 26th June, Swanley Town Council celebrated Armed Forces Day by raising the flag in the Civic Centre.
This was an alternative to the normal event which was cancelled due to the pandemic.
This did not deter us from showing our respects to both veterans and current members of our Armed Forces.
A Covid-19 compliant ceremony took place prior to the flag being raised by Cllr Paul Darrington, Mayor of Swanley.
At the event we were honoured to be joined by WW2 D-Day veteran and resident Ted Needham.
Those also in attendance included Rosemary Dymond DL, Chairman of Sevenoaks District Council Cllr Diana Esler, Air Cadets from 593 Squadron, Swanley Town Council Councillors, Royal British Legion and Kent County Councillor Perry Cole.
The event was organised by Assistant Town Clerk Toni Roast, who said; “I am grateful for the turnout and happy that we can still show our appreciation to the Armed Forces.
This past year they have been on the frontline aiding the response to Covid-19 alongside our key workers, this shows just how vital they are to the country and in our community where they helped the testing of residents among other duties.”
We sincerely hope that the full event planned for this year’s Armed Forces Day will be able to go ahead on the 25th June 2022.