Date Published: 19 June 2017
Town traders and the wider public have put on a spectacular show of support in Sleaford at the start of Armed Forces Week.
Shops throughout the town and District are dressed in red, white and blue, sporting union flags and decorated with artefacts depicting the tri-service nature of the Armed Forces. And many are offering discounts to holders of Armed Forces Cards, strengthening a sense of celebrating the contributions made by Service Personnel, past, present and future.
To symbolise the close connection between the District Council and the communities of North Kesteven Council Chairman Cllr Sally Tarry and RAF Digby Station Commander, Wing Commander Tom Ashbridge hosted the annual Armed Forces Day flag-raising reception for civic guests, pupils from 11 District schools, veterans and others.
Cllr Tarry said: “The flag-raising at North Kesteven combines ceremony and celebration, contributing to a wider understanding of the Armed Forces and the crucial role they play in our everyday life. This is particularly significant in North Kesteven as we have three RAF bases and a large number of military personnel living in the District.”
In readiness for the week scores of shops have hung up bunting provided by NKDC and a dozen shops in Sleaford went the extra mile by making special displays in their windows. Judged to be especially ‘spectacular’ was Lunettes Optician which combined flags, historic photography, military artefacts and poppies into a winning illustration of Army, Navy and Royal Air Force working together.
Representatives of the shop will be invited to the Veterans’ Evening on Friday, June 23 where 14 veterans will be presented with their Veteran’s Badges in an evening of celebration. Winner of the school’s poster design competition Alexandra Marie Leeson, from Kirkby la Thorpe will also be invited to receive her prize.
The final part of the week’s programme is a Drumhead Service in Sleaford Market Place on Saturday, June 24, 11am, inspired by the 75th anniversary of the town’s phenomenal response to Warship Week and adoption of HMS Sheldrake, which will be followed by the laying up of the Sleaford Royal British Legion Women’s Branch standard in the church. This is free and open to all.