The Armed Forces flag is flying high above Wychavon to pay tribute to Britain’s servicemen and women.

The flag was raised during a ceremony at the Civic Centre in Pershore on Monday, in celebration of Armed Forces Day which takes place on Saturday, June 25.

Chairman of Wychavon District Council, Alex Sinton, led the tributes to the country’s military personnel past and present as well as the families who support them and the work of the Royal British Legion.

Councillor Sinton said: “In this country, the respect we have for our Armed Forces is deeply embedded in our national makeup.

“What all of us recognise and what links the generations is that those who serve stand for honour and sacrifice.

“They put themselves after others and their country before self.

“This is the occasion when the rest of us can show our patriotic support for all these heroes and their outstanding contribution to this country.”

Reverend Laura Handy, the chairman’s chaplain, then led those gathered in prayers for peace and the safe return of those on active service,

There was also a two-minute silence to remember those who have lost their lives in service before the flag was raised.