Raising the flag to show support for Somerset’s Armed Forces

(L-R) Deputy Council Leader Cllr Liz Leyshon, Council Chairman Cllr Mike Best, Armed Forces Champion Cllr Henry Hobhouse, and Council Leader Cllr Bill Revans

Somerset County Council has raised the flag outside County Hall in Taunton to mark Armed Forces Day.

Somerset County Council Chairman Cllr Mike Best was joined by the Council’s Armed Forces Champion Cllr Henry Hobhouse, Council Leader Cllr Bill Revans, and Deputy Council Leader Cllr Liz Leyshon for the flag raising ceremony on Monday morning (June 20).

The Council traditionally raises the Armed Forces flag so that it flies outside County Hall in the week leading up to Armed Forces Day, which this year falls on Saturday, June 25.

Cllr Best said: “It was a great honour to raise the flag outside County Hall to show our support and respect for our Armed Forces and the work they do locally, nationally and internationally.

“Whether in times of war or peace, the brave men and women in our Armed Forces stand ready to protect others and it is only right that we recognise their service.

Somerset has a long history of Armed Forces based in the county including the Royal Naval Air Station at Yeovilton and 40 Commando Royal Marines, based at Norton Manor Camp, near Taunton.

Cllr Henry Hobhouse, Somerset Armed Forces Champion, added: “Even without war service, all members of the Armed Forces leave with a regimented mindset. Which means that they are in the majority of homeless people within the UK. This Council needs to work across all services to ensure the people who have served their country are looked after on their retirement.”

The County Council is supporting the Armed Forces Open Day taking place at ARK at Egwood CIC near Merriott in South Somerset this Saturday. The event will take place between 10.30am and 4pm and will feature historic military vehicles, a motorbike procession by The Legion’s Riders of Crewkerne, a rowing challenge and African drumming.

There is also the chance to support the Armed Forces and learn more about their work at the free Somerset Armed Forces Day event taking place at Vivary Park, Taunton, on Saturday, July 2 from 10am to 6pm. The event will include living history groups, various military units and historic vehicles, live music, as well as an array of stands, stalls and food vendors.

The County Council leads the Somerset Armed Forces Covenant Partnership which brings together charities, local authorities, other public sector organisations, businesses, communities, individuals and the military in a pledge of support between local residents and the Armed Forces community in Somerset. There’s more information here: https://www.somerset.gov.uk/libraries-leisure-and-communities/somerset-armed-forces-covenant-partnership/


For more information, please contact the Press Office on 01823 355020 or email pressoffice@somerset.gov.uk.

Notes to editors

  • Picture shows (L-R) Deputy Council Leader Cllr Liz Leyshon, Council Chairman Cllr Mike Best, Armed Forces Champion Cllr Henry Hobhouse, and Council Leader Cllr Bill Revans

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