Members of an East Durham community turned out in their droves to pay tribute to the men and women who serve our country.
This year’s Peterlee Armed Forces Day bash took place at The Pavilion in the town’s Helford Road amid blazing sunshine and clear skies.
As part of the celebrations there were battle re-enactments, singers, dancers as well as a weapons display and a parachute jump.
There were parades by air and army cadets too and a tribute to legendary Forces sweetheart Dame Vera Lynn.
Mayor of Peterlee Coun Scott Meikle told the Mail: “It’s been fantastic.
“We were a bit worried about how many people would turn up when we were arranging things but there have been loads here.
“I wouldn’t be able to put an exact figure on things but it’s been very busy.
“The parachutist got delayed but still managed to come down so that was a highlight.
“The whole event has been very well received by everyone.”
Coun Meikle added that organisers hope to grow the event year on year.
“We’ve had people of all ages here from babies in prams right up the elderly,” he said.
“We’ve already got things booked in for next year and this coming week we’ll be planning on how to make things even better.”