Council remembers Armed Forces

A special ceremony was held at Aberdeenshire Council's headquarters to honour the UK's Armed Forces.
A special ceremony was held at Aberdeenshire Council's headquarters to honour the UK's Armed Forces.

A special ceremony, including a parade and flag-raising, was held at Aberdeenshire Council headquarters on Monday in honour of Britain’s Armed Forces.

Dozens of guests, including representatives from all the Armed Forces, attended the special Armed Forces Day celebrations at Woodhill House.

Communities across the country will unite in support of the country’s serving troops, veterans, cadets and their families during Armed Forces Day on Saturday.

Piper Michael Laing opened the ceremony, followed by a speech by Aberdeenshire Provost Jill Webster who paid tribute to the brave men and women who serve and have served in the country’s Armed Forces.

She said: “It is an honour for me to lead Aberdeenshire Council’s contribution to Armed Forces Day. It is the fifth year that the nation has come together to recognise those who serve or have served our country and to pay tribute to those who have fallen in conflict.

“The council is demonstrating its commitment to our serving forces, our veterans and associated organisations, by signing up to the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

“The council is also making changes to our housing policy, to incorporate priority for those being discharged from the armed forces, and have established a dedicated

page on the council’s website.

“I hope this further demonstrates the council’s commitment to supporting the members of the Armed Forces, past and present, who are also members of Aberdeenshire’s communities.”

The Provost was followed by speeches from Lord Lieutenant of Aberdeenshire, James Ingleby; Vice Lord Lieutenant of Kincardineshire, Dr Andrew Orr, and Commanding Officer of the Aberdeen Universities Officer Training Corps (AUOTC), Lieutenant Colonel Paul Binnie.Cadet Sergeant Jordan Watters, nominated by Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire Clare Russell for showing special leadership qualities, then raised the special Armed Forces Day flag.

He was joined by Flight Sergeant Rebecca Roberts, of 1298 Huntly Squadron ATC, and Leading Cadet Bethany Watt, of Peterhead Sea Cadets, both nominated by Mr Ingleby.