Council pays tribute to armed forces on Armed Forces Day

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Last Updated: 24 Jun 2019 12:04pm

Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council is paying tribute to the country’s armed forces on Armed Forces Day, Saturday 29 June, by flying a special Armed Forces Day flag at Tonbridge Castle and offering free entry to the Castle for armed forces personnel both past and present and their immediate families.

The Armed Forces Day flag will be raised at Tonbridge Castle on Monday 24 June to mark the start of a nationwide week of celebrations in support of the country’s armed forces and will remain in place all week.

Set in 14 acres of beautiful grounds, Tonbridge Castle is reputedly England’s finest example of a Motte and Bailey Castle with a splendid 13th century gatehouse.  The Castle is open from 9am to 5pm on Armed Forces Day, Saturday 29 June, and armed forces veterans, serving troops and their immediate families are invited to visit the Castle free of charge throughout the day.  Armed forces visitors will be welcomed to the Castle on presentation of a military identity document. Find out more information about Tonbridge Castle, or call 01732 770929.

Nicolas Heslop, Leader of Tonbridge & Malling Borough Council, says: “Armed Forces Day gives us the opportunity to pay tribute to the men and women who dedicate themselves to serving and protecting our country.  That we are still marking this day 101 years after the end of World War I is significant in itself and I am pleased that we are able to help raise awareness of the enormous contribution that our armed forces have made and continue to make across the world by flying the flag at Tonbridge Castle on Armed Forces Day and inviting veterans, serving troops and their immediate families to visit the beautiful and historic Castle Gatehouse.”

Events are taking place around the country in celebration of Armed Forces Day.