ARMED Forces Week will be marked in Bradford, with city centre buildings lit up in red white and blue from tomorrow.

The week, which runs from June 21 to 27, is a chance for people to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

Armed Forces Day flags will be raised at a ceremony in City Park at 11am tomorrow. 

It will be a very small ceremony led by The Dean of Bradford, the Very Reverend Jerry Lepine, with the Lord Mayor of Bradford Shabir Hussain also in attendance. 

Throughout the week, videos will be shown on Bradford Council’s YouTube and social media channels which fit in with Armed Forces Week theme.

To mark the end of Armed Forces Week and Armed Forces Day, there will be a multi-faith service of remembrance on Saturday, June 26. 

The service will include elements of the annual Drumhead Service and the Bradford Pals’ service. 

It will be at held at Bradford Cathedral, butdue to the recent announcement in the delay of the lifting of lockdown restrictions will be open to invited guests only.

However, it will be livestreamed on Bradford Cathedral's YouTube channel from 11am.

City Hall Clock Tower and other buildings in the city centre will be lit up in red, white and blue from tomorrow until June 27 in honour of all armed forces personnel.

Usually, the Council holds a special lunch at City Hall for veterans and invited guests, however due to the pandemic this has been cancelled and will not take place this year.

Councillor Joanne Dodds, Bradford Council’s Armed Forces Champion, said: “Bradford district is rightly proud of its strong relationship with our Armed Forces and although events will still be different this year due to restrictions, we will still be able to demonstrate our thanks for all that they do for us.

“We can still show our continued support and appreciation for all those men and women, from across all our communities, who make up the Armed Forces community: from currently serving troops to Service families, veterans, reservists and cadets.”

Bradford Council leader Susan Hinchcliffe, said: “Although this year will still be different to previous years we are determined that we show our support and appreciation for our Armed Forces.”

Kersten England, Bradford Council’s Chief Executive, added: “Our Armed Forces have supported us all and in the past year and have worked hard in the Bradford District in response to the Coronavirus pandemic helping communities to deliver food parcels and assisting with logistical planning, testing and vaccine rollout, this week as always we support and say thank you to them.”