A FLAG raising ceremony was held in Bradford today to mark the start of Armed Forces Week. 

The week, which runs until June 27, is an opportunity for people to show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community.

The small ceremony was led by the Dean of Bradford, the Very Reverend Jerry Lepine, with the Lord Mayor of Bradford Shabir Hussain.

Bradford Council leader Susan Hinchcliffe was in attendance, along with Councillor Joanne Dodds, the Council's armed forces champion.

Prominent city centre buildings will be lit up in red, white and blue throughout the week.

Videos will also 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, but due 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.