TEST Valley Borough Council is flying the flag to commemorate Armed Forces Day this weekend.

Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday, June 27, and to mark the occasion the council has raised the Armed Forces flag at two locations across the borough.

The Mayor of Test Valley, Councillor Martin Hatley, was at Romsey’s Former Magistrates Court to raise the flag at 11am this morning.

And in Andover, newly appointed Armed Forces Champion, Cllr Nick Matthews raised the flag at the Guildhall.

Cllr Matthews said: “I am extremely proud to represent the borough council today in a matter that is, of course, very close to my heart.

“I’m pleased that we are representing those who have given so much to protect our country across the borough.”

Cllr Hatley added: “While the current pandemic means Armed Forces Day this year is undoubtedly different, it is incredibly important that across the borough, we commemorate this day. Many sacrifices have been made by so many people for the freedoms we celebrate today.

“From all of us in Test Valley, we thank all of those past, present and future service men and women, as well as the freemen of our borough, who have been carrying out sterling work in supporting our communities during the current pandemic.

“That is why we raise our flags in Romsey and Andover this morning, to ensure we mark Armed Forces Day in the right way.”