Flags will be raised at town halls to show support for the armed forces.

Blackburn with Darwen will join many councils across the country tomorrow with flags being raised at both Blackburn and Darwen town halls at 11am on Monday (June 20)

Residents from across the borough are welcome to join the event alongside a number of dignitaries in saluting the men and women of the armed forces, past and present.

Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, Cllr Suleman Khonat, said: “I feel very proud to have a role in this celebration of our servicemen and women, as Mayor. Theirs is the ultimate public service.

“I’m looking forward to seeing our borough come together to show our appreciation for all their hard work, their bravery and their commitment to serving our country.

The flag-raising ceremonies in Blackburn and Darwen take place ahead of National Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 25.

Armed Forces Day, held on the last Saturday in June each year, gives people the opportunity to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community – from currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

Cllr Phil Riley, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “From deployments abroad in response to the invasion of Ukraine to deployments at home during the Covid pandemic, our Armed Forces are essential to our national defence, as well as our national resilience. Armed Forces Day gives us an opportunity to say thank you.”