Suffolk residents were out in force on Saturday to show their support for the county’s military community.
Clare, Countess of Euston, Lord Lieutenant of Suffolk, formally opened Suffolk Armed Forces Day, held this year in Stowmarket.
Thousands of serving troops, service families, reservists, veterans, cadets, civic dignitaries and civilians came together to enjoy the many free activities on offer, which included music by the Stowmarket Concert Band and Wattisham and RAF Honington Military wives’ choirs, and performances by the Suffolk Regiment Re-enactors and Ipswich Diamonds Majorette Troupe.
Cllr Gerard Brewster, who had joint responsibility for overseeing the event, said: “It was a thoroughly fantastic afternoon and a wonderful occasion.”
He said the Battle Stations activities kept youngsters entertained all day and the reenactment group’s demonstrations of the fire power our forces had during the world wars was ‘really interesting’.
He also praised singers from Combs Ford Primary School for giving a ‘wonderful performance’ and the Stowupland High School band who also took part.
Flooding in some areas saw military heritage vehicles brought onto the main field which Cllr Brewster said brought everyone together and added to the atmosphere.
“Yes the rain came in the evening and the evening performance was cut short, which was a shame, but it didn’t detract from the day,” he added.