BRAVE soldiers from the British Army’s global response force were the stars of the show as thousands of people attended a special event in celebration of the military. 

The 16 Air Assault Brigade Combat Team and Colchester Garrison Show took over Abbey Field, in Colchester, on Saturday to mark Armed Forces Day. 

Throughout the event more than 10,000 people enjoyed a showcase of skills and marveled at equipment belonging to the city's troops. 

Everything from artillery and a field hospital which is able to be deployed by parachute to the Merville Barracks’ Dakota transport aircraft was on display. 


The day also included displays by The Parachute Regiment’s Red Devils freefall team, music from British Army Band Colchester, and a parade of Essex veterans and cadets. 

Using the kit and weaponry of First World War soldiers, the 10th Essex Living History Group also gave an insight into the garrison’s history before a dramatic combat finale. 

Lieutenant Colonel Ed Rankin, commander of Colchester Garrison, said: “What a brilliant day we all had. 

“The military is drawn from the civilian community and the close relationship and support we have from the people of Colchester and Essex is one of the foundations of our troops’ ability to do their job.  

“It was great to see so many people - particularly young people - come out to celebrate the links between us, enjoy some fantastic displays and learn more about the Army.”