Melton Borough Council

Armed Forces Week - Fly the Flag

Published Monday, 13th June 2016

A flag flying ceremony to support Britain’s National Armed Forces Day has been arranged by Melton Borough Council

The event will take place outside the front of the Council Offices, Parkside on Burton Street on Monday 20 June.  It starts at 10.40 a.m. when members of the public are urged to go along and show their support and honour those who serve, have served and those who have given their lives for their country in various conflicts and wars.

Service organisations will be represented and will include dogs from the Defence Animal Centre in Melton.  RSM Andy Dodds will take the lead in the parade. 

Guests will be formally welcomed by The Mayor, Cllr David Wright followed by a short service and blessing of the flag by Reverend Catriona Cumming. The flag will be raised at 11.00 a.m. to honour the British Armed Forces, past, present and future.

The flag will be raised by Pte. Adam Mudd:

Pte Adam Mudd  joined RE in 2007, completed Ph1 and 2 training at Gibraltar Barracks before completing his Cdo Course at RMCTC Lympstone in 2008.  He passed first time.  Pte Mudd joined the Army as a Royal Engineer, serving initially as a Combat Engineer with 59 Independent Commando Squadron.  He transferred to the RAVC in September 2013.  After completing his Ph2 Trade Training at the DAC, he was posted to 103 Squadron of the 1st Military Working Dog Regiment in Sennelager, Germany.  Shortly after arriving, he joined his Tp for pre-deployment training and thereafter a nine month tour to Afghanistan.  Excelling in a high tempo, operational environment, Pte Mudd completed his posting at 103 Sqn and was moved across to 105 for a short period, where his natural talent as a Dog Trainer came to the fore.  Volunteering for a short notice move, he is now posted to the DAC as a Dog Trainer of detection dogs.

Among those supporting the event are local branches of the Armed Forces and the Royal British Legion.  Melton’s affiliated ship, HMS Quorn, recently exercised its Freedom of the Borough by parading through the town centre.  Lieutenant Commander Conor O’Neill said:

“The Borough of Melton has always been a staunch supporter of Her Majesty’s Armed Forces, as I saw in person during our Freedom parade in the town earlier this month.  It means a great deal to us whilst we are away from home, keeping the sea lanes open, to know that we have the support of the community in the UK.  Thank you for raising a flag for us today.”

The Mayor, Councillor Wright, said “The Armed Forces Day is an annual opportunity for everyone to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from currently serving troops to service families and from veterans to cadets. I would like to urge our residents to come to this fly the flag ceremony and join me in marking the occasion.”  

A Special Service of Thanksgiving and Parade for the Armed Forces is also taking place at Leicester Cathedral on Saturday 25 June in the presence of the Lord Lieutenant of Leicestershire, Jennifer, Lady Gretton.


For more information please contact:

Lena Shuttlewood
Democracy & Involvement Officer
Melton Borough Council
Telephone: 01664 502314