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Diss Town Council finds way to still honour Armed Forces




Diss Town Council still found a way to celebrate Armed Forces Day this week – even though it had to cancel an annual event honouring the UK’s service men and women.

An Armed Forces Day flag was raised in Diss Park to thank personnel for their service and in helping the fight against Covid-19, with members of the Royal Anglian Regiment manning the town’s testing station.

The town council had been set to host an event in the Market Place today (June 27), showing support for UK troops, their families, veterans and cadets, only for it to be shelved due to the pandemic.

Jim Bidwell, of the Diss and District branch of the Royal British Legion.Picture:Mecha Morton.
Jim Bidwell, of the Diss and District branch of the Royal British Legion.Picture:Mecha Morton.

Jim Bidwell, a member of the Diss and District branch of the Royal British Legion, who hosted the day for the previous six years, said: “I am really disappointed that the event cannot be run this year and look forward to working with the council later in the year or in 2021 to mark this important occasion.

“Looking ahead to Remembrance Sunday in November, I hope we will be in a position to organise some event for then.”

With lockdown putting pay to similar events up and down the country, a number of virtual ideas have been conceived.

Along with these, which are listed on the Armed Forces Day website, a #SaluteOurForces campaign has been set up for the public to pay tribute to the British Armed Forces community for their hard work, dedication, and efforts in keeping everyone safe in the UK and across the globe.

All money raised during the day will go to SSAFA, the Armed Forces Charity, which supports people, and their families, with injuries and illnesses sustained as a result of their military service.


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