Scotland

Scotland Launches Armed Forces Week With Edinburgh Flag-Raising

This year's celebrations have been curtailed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Scotland has launched Armed Forces Week by raising a flag over the city of Edinburgh.

The usual events to mark Armed Forces Day have been curtailed due to coronavirus, with this year's national event in Scarborough postponed as a result of the pandemic.

The town will instead host the 2021 national event.

To kick off celebrations in Scotland, a piper from the Scots Guards led standard bearers from Legion Scotland, who brought the Armed Forces Day flag to Edinburgh’s Lord Provost.

Scotland The Brave played as the flag was raised above the City Chambers, where it will fly over the Scottish capital all week.

A parade was due to be held in Edinburgh, as well as in various towns and cities across the UK, but socially distanced celebrations will instead be taking place during the week.

Edinburgh’s Lord Provost, Cllr Frank Ross, said: "[We are doing] anything that we can do in terms of recognition of the Armed Forces through Armed Forces Week.

"It’s great that this year we’ve got a dedicated day for each different section of the Armed Forces.

"I think that’s a real innovation and it allows us to focus on a daily basis with each one and hopefully we’re getting near to pulling the public awareness back."