Borough Mayor and Mayoress, Geoff and Rose Hipperson, Karine Hipkin, Canon Adrian Ling and Gp Capt Beck attended the Armed Forces flag raising ceremony in King's Lynn.

A flag was raised on Monday as West Norfolk paid tribute to the men and women of the armed forces.

Borough Mayor Geoff Hipperson raised the Armed Forces Day flag during a small scale ceremony in King’s Lynn to show support for those currently serving and also veterans, reservists and volunteers.

Mr Hipperson and his wife Rose were joined in Tower Gardens by Father Adrian Ling, Group Captain James Beck, of RAF Marham, and a representative from the Royal British Legion for readings, poems and prayers. 

Mr Hipperson said: “It is such a shame that we can’t hold the usual ceremony this year and invite the usual guests, but we wanted to ensure that we still showed our support.”  

The borough’s traditional ceremony had to be cancelled due to the pandemic, but people have been asked to show their support by sharing photographs on social media this week of themselves saluting the flag.

On Wednesday, Reserves Day, people were urged to wear their uniforms, medals, blazers and caps and share their pictures online. 

Tomorrow’s (Saturday’s) Armed Forces Day national celebration has also been cancelled, but photographs of tributes on the day can also be shared on social media. 

People have been asked to use the hashtag #SaluteOurForces