Flags out for the NHS

Flags out for the NHS

Flags out for the NHS

Naval flags will be raised in Cleethorpes next week to signify official recognition of the outstanding efforts made by the NHS across the region since the beginning of the pandemic.

The flags will further recognise the continued efforts of frontline workers after ‘thank you NHS’ flags were raised at the beginning of lockdown up until VJ Day on August 15.

The naval signal flags will be hoisted at 1pm on Wednesday, September 9 at the Remembrance Gate in the resort.

The signal ‘Bravo Zulu’ will be raised, which is a naval signal meaning ‘well done’, alongside the letters NHS.

Royal Navy and Royal Marines with other military officers will also be in attendance, with Naval and Military Standards.

The Lord Lieutenant and Senior Naval Officer for North of England will be present, alongside the Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, Cllr Philip Jackson, Deputy Mayor Cllr David Hasthorpe, Cllr Ron Shepherd and chief executive of the council Rob Walsh.

The small socially-distanced event is being organised by the Armed Forces Major Events Team on behalf of the council.

Alex Baxter, managing director of the Armed Forces Major Events Team, said: “When everything stood still as we went into lockdown, these frontline workers continued to work tirelessly and selflessly to help others during one of the most difficult times.”

Commodore Phil Waterhouse, Naval Regional Commander for Northern England and Isle of Man, added: “The event is a fantastic opportunity to give thanks and recognise the incredible effort and dedication of our NHS frontline staff.”

Cllr Ron Shepherd, portfolio holder for safer and stronger communities at North East Lincolnshire Council, added: “We want to continue to show our thanks and gratitude to all the key workers at one of our most iconic locations in Cleethorpes.”

The ceremony will be followed by a ‘meet our veterans’ and military community.

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