BARNSLEY has raised the flag to mark the beginning of a week of events to recognise the work of the country's Armed Forces.

Servicemen and women, civic leaders and members of the public gathered at the Town Hall war memorial on Monday morning as Barnsley raised the flag in recognition of the UK’s armed forces.

Mayor Cllr Ken Richardson, who led the event for the fourth annual Armed Forces Day, said: "This short-but-important flag-raising ceremony recognised the dedication of our servicemen and women and of the wider armed forces community of families, veterans and cadets.

"It's very important the whole community shows its appreciation for their hard work and sacrifice."

The raising of the Armed Forces Day flag in Barnsley and other towns and cities across the country took place ahead of a national event in Plymouth this on June 30.