Corby pays tribute to Armed Forces

From left, Gareth Price, Poppy Appeal organiser, Corby mayor Anthony Dady and Jim Wigfield, 90, president of Corby Royal British Legion

From left, Gareth Price, Poppy Appeal organiser, Corby mayor Anthony Dady and Jim Wigfield, 90, president of Corby Royal British Legion

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Corby marked Armed Forces Week with a flag-raising ceremony on Monday (June 23) at James Ashworth VC Square in the town centre.

The ceremony was attended by members of the public, representatives of Corby Royal British Legion and the borough council and Kerry Ashworth, the mother of Lance Corporal James Ashworth, a former pupil of Lodge Park Academy, who was killed in action in Afghanistan in June 2012.

Corby mayor Anthony Dady said: “The professionalism and dedication shown by the men and women in our Armed Forces is an example for us all to follow.

“Later this year, we will see the start of the First World War centenary.

“I know that the Royal British Legion and other organisations will be commemorating the sacrifice shown by a generation of our citizens. It will remind us of the enormous debt we owe to men and women who were prepared to serve their local community and their country.”

President of Corby Royal British Legion, Jim Wigfield, 90, of the Lodge Park estate in Corby, attended the ceremony.

He said: “Events like this are important to remind the younger generation of the sacrifices which have been made.”