The standards are lowered as the National Anthem plays during a ceremony in Tower Gardens. Picture: Paul Tibbs.

Services have been held in West Norfolk ahead of British Armed Forces Day tomorrow. 

The national event gives communities the chance to show their support for serving personnel, veterans and cadets.

Celebrations began on Monday when the British Armed Forces flag was raised on buildings and landmarks across the country.

West Norfolk Council organised a flag raising ceremony in Tower Gardens, attended by guests including borough mayor David Whitby, council leader Brian Long and members of the Royal British Legion.

Mr Whitby said the event was particularly poignant this year because it fell so close to the centenary of the Battle of the Somme, which began on July 1, 2016.

“It was one of the bloodiest battles for all sides in history and is a stark reminder of the sacrifices that have been made and are still being made,” he added.

λ The Downham Market Royal British Legion held a flag raising ceremony service in the town square at 10am on Monday.

An Armed Forces Day exhibition with stalls from various organisations and refreshments is to be held at Downham Town Hall from 10am to 4pm tomorrow.