Fired up for Armed Forces Day

People in Galloway are preparing to celebrate and recognise the branches of the British military – past, present and future – as part of Britain’s Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 30.

The flag-raising ceremony was held at Castle Square, Stranraer, on Monday. The flag was raised by Private McCormack from Stranraer, who is currently serving with the Royal Scots Borderers, 1st Battalion the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

The flag lowering ceremony will take place on Monday, July 2, at 4pm. The flag will be lowered by Private McCormack.

The main event will take place on Saturday, June 30, at Agnew Park Stranraer between noon and 4.30pm. This event, organised through the Royal British Legion Scotland (Stranraer Branch), has a full programme, including musical performances, children’s entertainment and fun fair, food and craft stalls, and demonstrations from a range of organisations.

Preceding this event, at 11.30am, there will be a parade through Stranraer town centre with the Lord Lieutenant of Wigtownshire, Mrs Terry Brewis, taking the salute at Castle Square. The parade will dismiss at Agnew Park where the festival will start.

Councillor Roberta Tuckfield, chairwoman of Wigtown Area Committee, said: “I’m delighted to see the local arrangements that are in place to recognise this year’s Armed Forces Day. I hope that all three events will be well supported by local people. I would like to thank all partners involved in helping to organise these important occasions.”