CROWDS of families came together to honour the Armed Forces on Saturday.

The town’s Armed Forces Day took place at Vigo Recreation Ground, with a range of activities and attractions for all to enjoy.

The event, organised by Love Andover, celebrated the town’s connection with the military.

Serving troops and veterans were given thanks to by those who attended the day in a special presentation and were given a round of applause.

Crowds enjoyed a host of performances from artists such as The Covergirlz, Vigo Primary School Choir, who entertained with harmonies and Makaton hand movements, and RAF technician Matthew Marshall.

Youngsters also enjoyed splat-the-rat with the Royal Engineers, a virtual reality maze, and learning the work of the 22 Engineer Regiment.

The Army Historic Aircraft Flight displayed a Saunders-Roe Skeeter helicopter, while a Apache fly-past circled the skies and The Southern Jacobites Pipe Band showcased their talent.

Organiser David Harber said: “We really appreciate people coming out to support the work of our Armed Forces.

“We especially want to thank the exceptional displays from 22 Engineer Regiment and those who suffered in the heat, particularly the young people from The Rockets in their motorbike leathers and re-enactors The Paladins of Chivalry in all their heavy armour.

“Armed Forces Day was possible thanks to over 20 great local businesses and all three of our local councils, so we really, must extend our thanks to the people and organisations who made our third annual celebration possible.”

n Images by RobertHall Photography and Paul Scicluna.