OLDHAM mayor Ginny Alexander launches Armed Forces Week today (Monday June 22), with a stirring message.

Cllr Alexander, supported by her consort husband Adrian, have been enthusiastic supporters of past and present members of the forces.

She said: “Usually there would be various events held every day this week to showcase our wonderful Armed Forces.

“Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions are in place, stopping us from coming together.

“Through my mayoral year, I have regularly been in contact with our own Oldham veterans. They truly are remarkable people and such a great inspiration to us all.

“I would also like to say what a credit our wonderful cadets are to our great town of Oldham. It truly is heart warming to see a new generation joining our armed forces.

“They have shown me their great strength, determination and willpower to help anyone in distress especially through this pandemic period.”

She added: “It is important for anyone young or old to know support is there for them if you need any help.”

For more information, visit: www.oldham.gov.uk/armedforcessupport

Armed Forced Week runs until Saturday, June 27.