Forces tribute

Service at County Hall in Morpeth for Armed Forces Day.'Attending the service were the three surviving members of the Newcastle branch of the Dunkirk Veterans group. Fromm left Private Richard Atkinson from the Durham Light Infantry, Sgt Tommy Wells from the Medical Corps and Cpl Jim Heppell from the Royal Engineers.

Service at County Hall in Morpeth for Armed Forces Day.'Attending the service were the three surviving members of the Newcastle branch of the Dunkirk Veterans group. Fromm left Private Richard Atkinson from the Durham Light Infantry, Sgt Tommy Wells from the Medical Corps and Cpl Jim Heppell from the Royal Engineers.

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DUNKIRK veterans were among the guests of honour as Northumberland paid tribute to the Armed Forces.

A special Armed Forces Day flag was raised at County Hall in Morpeth on Monday to show support for the country’s troops, past and present.

The ceremony, which was organised by Northumberland County Council, was attended by servicemen and women, police and fire service representatives, war veterans and councillors.

The event was held as part of the build-up to Armed Forces Day on Saturday when the whole nation is asked to show their support for the military community and their families, both those in service and retired.

Flags have been raised across the country throughout the week and on Wednesday reservists were urged to leave their normal clothes at home and don their military uniforms for work to remind people of their contribution.