The local Council is proud to show its support for Armed Forces Day 2013, and will be doing so in a number of ways this year, including a community event at Valence House Museum on the day itself.

The celebrations started yesterday with a flag ceremony at the Civic Centre which was attended by the Royal Anglian regiment.  This week there will be three street naming ceremonies, two after fallen soldiers Alex Guy and Luke Allsopp, and the other after WWII volunteer, Samuel Ferguson. The street naming scheme is something that Barking and Dagenham Council have led on nationally, and there are plans put forward by Labour to implement the initiative in local authorities across the UK.

Jon Cruddas MP, Council Leader Liam Smith, Jim Murphy MP and Deputy Leader Rock Gill

On Saturday 29 June (Armed Forces Day), the Council is pleased to be hosting a community event in the grounds of Valence House Museum, which will include performances from Dagenham Girl Pipers, lindy-hop dancers, Tribute to Swing singer John Lloyd, and wartime and big band hit sensation ‘England’s Pride’.

There will also be activities for children on the day, with a picnic area as well as music. Activities on the day will include a talk focusing on the role of the military locally in Barking and Dagenham – this event will also showcase many local historical photos and stories.

The event will also promote the borough’s Armed Forces Covenant, and host a marquee which houses all the local organisations and council services that offer support to armed forces personnel and their families.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Liam Smith, who is also the Cabinet Member for Armed Forces said: “Armed Forces Day gives us all an opportunity to show our support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, and I am very pleased that this Council is showing their support in such a variety of ways this year.”

More details on the event at Valence House can be found on the council’s website:<