MORE than 31,000 people crammed into Taunton's Vivary Park for Saturday's (July 1) Somerset Armed Forces Day

A constant stream of visitors wound their way to the park for the free event aimed at people of all ages.

The action got underway with members of the RLC Silver Stars parachute display team jumped out of a helicopter and landing on a target in the arena.

The event's chairman, Ed Cullen welcomed guests and introduced Cllr Bill Revans and Cllr Tom Deakin, leaders of Somerset Council and Taunton Town Council respectively, who spoke of the town's pride in hosting the day.

There were activities and entertainment throughout the day, including the all-terrain vehicle stunt team, cadet drills and Viking battles.

One of the highlights was the Red Arrows flypast.

There was music on the Tone FM stage, including choirs and The Soldiers of Swing and Blitz Time Sally.

Side shows included a Viking encampment, military vehicles around the park and Star Wars storm troopers.

There were a number of food and drink concessions, although people were free to take their own food and picnics.

A spokesperson for the event said: "The organising committee worked hard putting the show together.

"A small team of fewer than 10 people who offer their time voluntarily.

"We couldn’t do any of this without a fantastic bunch of volunteer helpers, mostly veterans and members of Taunton Veterans Breakfast Club, held monthly at Vivary Golf Club.

"They are a mixture of all the armed forces, including navy, army and air force.

"They are a fantastic group of people who understand what it felt like to be in war situations and are so supportive of each other, offering help to each other."

Next year's event is on Saturday, July 6 2024.