A CEREMONY was held by Denbighshire County Council to recognise the commitment and dedication of the emergency services.

The annual Emergency Services Day aims to educate the public and promote volunteering opportunities.

To commemorate the day, the 999 Emergency Services flag was raised at County Hall, Ruthin.

Cllr Peter Scott, mayor of St Asaph and former chair of Denbighshire County Council, said: "Cllr Meirick Lloyd Davies, chairman of Denbighshire, did a reading and then we raised the flag to honour those who help us.

"It is important to remember the part the emergency services played by in 2012, during the St Asaph floods.

"I was deputy mayor at the time. We would have been in a lot of trouble back then if we didn't have all those that helped us.

"This ceremony gave us a chance to commemorate all those involved in the emergency services as well as volunteers such as the Red Cross, Lifeboat, Coastguard, and recognise what they do for us."

Cllr Davies said: “This national day provides us with a great opportunity to thank emergency services personnel for the dedicated service they provide to us all on a daily basis to not only protect our safety but to ensure our health and well-being.

“Our emergency services provide sterling work and often in difficult and challenging circumstances, twenty four hours a day.

“The creation of this special flag flying day is a small but important way for the whole nation to recognise and support their immense contribution to society by providing a safe and supported environment for us all.”