A flag raising ceremony took place at Ealing Town Hall this morning to in remembrance of fallen members of the armed forces.

The recently appointed mayor, councillor Simon Woodroofe, led the ceremony ahead of the Armed Forces Day celebrations on Saturday, and thanked the armed forces for their efforts.

The ceremony was attended by representatives of the armed services, Royal British Legion veterans, the Polish armed forces and the Gurkha Army, as well as members of the public and local school children.

Cllr Woodroofe said: “Our armed forces go out on our behalf and they put their lives at risk.

“We very much appreciate them and want to record our appreciation for everything they do.”

Cllr Woodroofe went on to explain how his father served in World War II and his grandfather served in World War I, saying the occasion holds special significance for him.

The flag was raised during a rendition of Gabriel’s Oboe played on the trumpet by Jamie Lawson - a student at the University of West London.

Mr Lawson, 23, said: “It’s an honour to play today and to represent my university.

“It’s so important to remember all the people who work to protect us, especially in light of the recent horrific attacks.”

Before the ceremony began, a minute’s silence was held to remember those who died in the Grenfell Tower fire last Wednesday, led by Councillor Julian Bell who offered his condolences on behalf of the council.

A parade will take place in front of the Town Hall this Saturday, with stalls being put out on Sunday outside Pitzhanger Manor and Ealing Green.