Plymouth Armed Forces Day over the years in pictures

25 action footage from the archive shows crowds, high-profile visitors and exhibits from the past decade

The highly anticipated Plymouth Armed Forces Day returns to Hoe this weekend for the first time in three years. It has been part of the city’s calendar since 2009, showing support for the men and women currently serving their country, as well as veterans, reservists, cadets and their families.

It traditionally draws huge crowds to the city from near and far and offers an incredible day of thrilling activities, dynamic displays, military parades, live music, plus facilities to explore from the Royal Navy, the British Army, Royal Air Force, Royal Marines and also the emergency services, as well as free concerts with ensembles that include the Military Wives Choir.

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We’ve scoured the archives to share footage from years past to remind you of some of the Armed Forces Days of yesterday. Browse, see some of the amazing entertainment, games, tributes and shows and see who you can spot in the crowd.

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For more stunning images from the past, take a look at and see what you can discover