Armed Forces Day, June 29, was part of a weekend of celebrations in Salisbury which attracted crowds totalling more than 27,000 .

The nationally-celebrated day, when the UK celebrates its armed forces, began with a military parade through the city with more than 1,300 military personnel.

The Princess Royal, Princess Anne,  took the salute from the Guildhall as the Red Arrows flypast paid tribute to the troops. Princess Anne visited Hudson’s Field on the outskirts of the city where she toured the ‘military village’.

The crowds at Hudson’s Field could enjoy a packed day including an aerial display by the Battle of Britain Memorial flight, parachute display teams from the three services, live music, a hot air balloon lift-off, and military displays and demonstrations.

The three-day spectacular began on Friday, June 28, with displays, demonstrations, live music and activities at Hudson’s Field.

Serving military personnel and their families were special guests for the afternoon and evening with free food and drink as a thank you for the valuable role they play in protecting the nation.

More than 40,000 people celebrated Armed Forces Day National Event in a three-day spectacular.

Thousands lined the streets for  the military parade of more than 1,300 military personnel in the city centre and entertainment at Hudson’s Field.

More than 15,000 pints were sold by Wadworth with 5p from every pint being donated to SSAFA, the official main charity partner of the event.

Later in the day, a lone Spitfire flew over Hudson’s Field where a drumhead service, led by the Bishop of Salisbury, was held in honour of the armed forces.

Photos by Grant King

“What an amazing honour for our city, I think it proved that We can put on a celebration like the best of them! It was great to witness such pride & respect for our armed forces”.

Photo’s by Rowan Fulton

‘So enjoyed photographing the smart and diverse Forces marching through Salisbury’s streets and being part of the crowd, bursting with pride and adoration at the parading Forces’

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