Leeds City Council in Armed Forces Day U-turn

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Council bosses in Leeds have decided they WILL hold an event to honour Armed Forces Day this weekend.

As reported in the YEP, officials from the Royal British Legion had reacted angrily after no official events were organised in the city to mark the occasion this year.

Furious readers also flooded our website and Facebook page with angry comments about the lack of a fitting tribute.

But today (June 28) Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council said: “Leeds City Council very much supports Armed Forces Day and it has been decided that the Lord Mayor of Leeds will host a small civic event for ex-servicemen and women on Saturday to demonstrate the city’s support for, and say thank you to members of the armed forces.

“Although last week’s parade by the Rifles Regiment was our main event to mark Armed Forces Day, we have listened to popular opinion and have decided to hold a further event this weekend.

“The Armed Forces Day flag has also been proudly flying over the Civic Hall all week.

“We are already looking at hosting a formal event for next year’s Armed Forces Day, especially to mark the centenary of the start of World War I. We hope interested parties will join us in planning for this event.”

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Tom Murray added: “Last week’s Freedom Parade by the Rifles Regiment in Leeds, was a very successful event which was thoroughly enjoyed by all those who took part. Leeds folk warmly welcomed and applauded the Rifles.

“I am proud of the role played by our service men and woman and I am pleased to be hosting an extra event tomorrow (June 29) to say thank you to these very brave individuals.”

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