Ellesmere marked Armed Forces Day with a reminder of the sacrifices still being made today by service men and women and their families.

Organised by chairman Ian Williams and president Bob McBride of the Royal British Legion, the occasion was marked by the raising of the Union Flag by Anne Wignall, deputy mayor of the town council, with members of the Ellesmere Army Cadets as standard bearers.

Prayers were led by the Rev John Vernon, who reflected on the 75th anniversary this year of the D-Day landings in Normandy and the experiences of the dwindling band of survivors who are now in the 90s.

Rev Vernon also reminded the gathering of current and former members of the services in our communities today who are carrying the scars from more recent conflicts.