Grantham events mark Armed Forces Day

Veterans meet for the Breakfast Club at The Tollemache Inn in Grantham on Armed Forces Day.
Veterans meet for the Breakfast Club at The Tollemache Inn in Grantham on Armed Forces Day.
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Veterans enjoyed a special get-together last Saturday to mark Armed Forces Day.

About 50 people gathered at the Tollemache Inn in Grantham for the Veterans Breakfast Club, which meets every month and is represented by veterans who have served in numerous conflicts. The chairman of South Kesteven District Council, Bob Sampson, also attended.

The flag-raising ceremony at South Kesteven District Council offices to mark Armed Forces Day.

The flag-raising ceremony at South Kesteven District Council offices to mark Armed Forces Day.

Local organiser Jim Hill, formerly of the Royal Corps of Transport and instructor at the Prince William of Gloucester Barracks, said: “The meeting of the club coincided with Armed Forces Day on Saturday and we had a great turnout. The Tollemache laid on a special table for us and it was brilliant.”

A flag-raising ceremony was also held at the district council’s St Peter’s Hill offices earlier in ther month to commemorate Armed Forces Day.

SKDC’s Leader Coun Matthew Lee and Deputy Leader Coun Kelham Cooke were among the attendees who paid tribute to the Armed Forces.

Chairman Coun Bob Sampson gave a speech at the authority’s flagpole outside its civic entrance to welcome district council local representatives and other dignitaries of the Armed Forces, veterans associations and cadets.

Rev Stuart Cradduck offered prayers to commemorate veterans and those presently serving their country. The last post was played and a one minute’s silence observed.