FLAGS were raised in support of the armed forces.

Cotswold District Council hosted a flag raising ceremony in Moreton to commemorate Armed Forces Day, with an event also taking place in Cirencester.

The ceremony, held at Moreton Area Centre were attended by representatives of the British Legion, South Cerney-based 29 Regt, Royal Logistic Corps, the Royal Gloucestershire Hussars Squadron (Royal Wessex Yeomanry), pupils from Dormer House School, Moreton, the public, and members and staff from the council.

CDC Chairman Cllr Julian Beale presided at both ceremonies and commented: "It was a privilege to lead the celebrations at both venues and I was very pleased to see so many past and present representatives of the Armed Forces, students from local schools, and the public.

"This day is a time to pause and reflect on the magnificent contribution of members of our armed forces who strive to make our communities secure and also help maintain peace in many parts of the world.

“This year is particularly poignant because many people at home and abroad will soon be commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War. In the Cotswolds a number of commemorative events are planned, culminating in a weekend of celebration.