TWO minutes' silence were held on the 9th hour of the 9th day of the 9th month to commemorate the dedication of the emergency services in Denbighshire.

Denbighshire County Council staged the ceremony at Ruthin County Hall to mark National Emergency Services Day on September 9. The annual commemoration, which is supported by the Welsh Government and UK minister of state for policing, includes the raising of a flag bearing the emblem of the emergency services.

It also remembers the 7,000 police, ambulance and fire service personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.

The Ruthin ceremony was attended by the chairman of the council Meirick Lloyd Davies, mayor of Ruthin Gavin Harris and the High Sheriff of Clwyd Lady Hamner.

Cllr Lloyd Davies said: “Our emergency services provide sterling work and often in difficult and challenging circumstances, 24 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.”