Leading members of Powys County Council have expressed thanks to the servicemen and women of the UK.

Ahead of Armed Forces Day on June 25, a number of Powys County Council leaders made statements of gratitude to the people who have served or are currently serving in the armed forces.

Powys County Council deputy leader Cllr Matthew Dorrance said: “On Armed Forces Day, Powys County Council backs and thanks our Armed Forces.

“I am deeply proud of our servicemen and women, theirs is the ultimate public service.

"Our Armed Forces play a crucial role in defending our communities at home and abroad.

“They showed total professionalism with their support in Powys during the pandemic and continue to play a crucial role in defending the UK and our NATO allies."

Cllr Dorrance is also Powys’ cabinet member for the Armed Forces Partnership, a pledge made by local governments to help support former and current servicemen and women as well as their families.

Celebrations for Armed Forces Day started at the weekend with a military show at Dering Lines Brecon on Saturday and continue with a Forces Festival at the Pavilion, Llandrindod Wells on Sunday, June 26.

There is a free buffet and refreshments will be available, with the event featuring The Coming Home Choirs, spoken word, veterans artwork, drumming workshops for children, stalls and more.