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King's Lynn ceremony shows Armed Forces Day support




A socially distanced ceremony has taken place in Lynn today to mark Armed Forces Flag Day.

Borough mayor Geoff Hipperson led the event in Tower Gardens this morning, alongside with just a handful of people present to ensure social distancing.

Mr Hipperson urged members of the public to show their support for the nation's servicemen and women in other ways this week, rather than gathering at memorials like Tower Gardens.

The Armed Forces flag was raised by Borough Mayor Geoff Hipperson.. (37061099)
The Armed Forces flag was raised by Borough Mayor Geoff Hipperson.. (37061099)

He said: "It is such a shame that we can't hold the usual ceremony this year and invite the usual guests, but we wanted to ensure that we still showed our support.

"However you choose to show your support please observe social distancing guidelines to ensure your keep yourselves safe and our veterans and service personnel safe."

The main Armed Forces Day celebration itself is this Saturday, when members of the public are being encouraged to take a photo or video of themselves saluting and share on social media with the hashtag #SaluteOurForces.

RAF Marham Station Commander, Group Captain Jim Beck, delivered a short reading during the service.. (37061107)
RAF Marham Station Commander, Group Captain Jim Beck, delivered a short reading during the service.. (37061107)

Ahead of that, Wednesday is Reserves Day, where reservists are being urged to share pictures of themselves wearing regimental blazers or campaign medals.

Other attendees at today's service included the mayor's chaplain, Canon Adrian Ling, RAF Marham's station commander, Group Captain Jim Beck, and Karin Hipkin, representing Lynn's Royal British Legion branch.

Borough Mayor and Mayoress, Geoff and Rose Hipperson, Karine Hipkin, Canon Adrian Ling and Gp Capt Beck attended the Armed Forces flag raising ceremony in King's Lynn.. (37061079)
Borough Mayor and Mayoress, Geoff and Rose Hipperson, Karine Hipkin, Canon Adrian Ling and Gp Capt Beck attended the Armed Forces flag raising ceremony in King's Lynn.. (37061079)


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