A huge display of military vehicles will be one of the attractions at this year's Armed Forces Day Celebrations.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the celebrations weekend in Weymouth.

It starts on Saturday, June 22 with a number of historic military vehicles appearing on the Weymouth Pavilion forecourt from 10am.

They will depart at 12.30pm and travel in a convoy to the Osprey Leisure Centre on Portland.

A military parade will also take place as part of the celebrations, which will see 2,000 veterans march through the streets accompanied by marching bands and more than 80 historic military vehicles.

Bands taking part in the parade will include the South Wales Police Band, the Wessex Military Band, the Dolphin Marching Band and the Guards Division Corps of Drum Association.

This will take place on the morning of Sunday, June 23. It will be preceded by a service at the cenotaph on Weymouth seafront.

Cllr Graham Winter, Weymouth Town Council Mayor, said: “Weymouth is very proud to have the veterans associations and community support to stage one of the country’s leading and most popular annual veteran’s events.

“The town council and its residents embrace every aspect of the celebrations and looks forward to giving a warm and hospitable welcome to many thousands of veterans, armed forces personnel and their visiting family and friends from around Britain and overseas.

"I think it is very important to remember, because so many people did sacrifice a lot so that we could live in peace."

Poppy Butcher, 90, who has helped organise the displays for years, explained that the event started as a D-Day commemoration.

However, since a lot of the vehicles go to France for D-Day commemorations, the Weymouth event happens towards the end of June.

A spokesman for Weymouth Town Council said: "Veterans have made and continue to make a major contribution to our nation. The Weymouth and Portland Armed Forces Day Celebrations is an opportunity to recognise and celebrate the tireless work carried out by veterans and their associations."

On Monday, June 24, the celebrations will come to a close with a flag raising ceremony at the council offices.