VETERANS gathered to mark Armed Forces Day at Girvan’s Stumpy Tower.

On Saturday, June 23 a flag raising ceremony took place at 1pm to the sound of the pipes before The Rev. Ian McLachlan spoke about the significance of the day. 

Local resident, and Veteran, Bobby Sweeney said: “This event has now been running since 2015 and is an opportunity to show our appreciation and support for our Armed Forces past, present and future in Girvan and South Carrick. 

“The service being planned is not a Remembrance Service but a Flag Raising event.”

The Rev Ian McLachlan said a prayer following the raising of the Armed Forces Flag under the supervision of Roddy and Irene Leitch. 
 Colonel John Dalrymple-Hamilton, Vice Lord Lieutenant, concluded the event with a Vote of Thanks. 

The Veterans were joined by local and national politicians, local uniformed youth groups and members of the public. 

Armed Forces Day is a chance for the community 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.

Showing support for the Armed Forces provides a valued morale boost for the troops and their families.