In a statement marking Armed Forces Week, the chair of Buckinghamshire Council has paid tribute to local servicepeople and veterans.

Mimi Harker OBE oversaw flag-raising ceremonies in Aylesbury and High Wycombe on June 29.

The events took place outside the Old Crown Court in Aylesbury and the council offices in Queen Victoria Road, High Wycombe.

They were attended by representatives from the major service branches.

Bucks Council has issued its own Armed Forces Covenant, setting out a county-wide strategy to support residents with an armed forces background.

Speaking for the council, Mrs Harker OBE took the opportunity to extend a 'collective thank you' to all servicepeople and veterans.

She said: "Today's events formally mark the start of a week of appreciation and thanks for our Armed Forces – especially those who live and serve in Buckinghamshire.

"We are truly grateful for everything they do.

"We have a rich military history here in Buckinghamshire with two current RAF bases in High Wycombe and Halton.

"It is important that we take a moment to reflect on the sacrifices the people who serve and have served here have made and show our appreciation to them.

"It is also important that in return for what they do for us, we as a community, do everything we can to look after our Armed Forces families and individuals, welcoming and supporting them in whatever way is needed."

Armed Forces Week runs between June 24 and June 29.