SLIDESHOW: Thousands turn out for march through Preston on Armed Forces Day

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Thousands of people flocked to the centre of Preston this weekend to join the city’s Armed Forces Day celebrations.

The day of events, including a strong man competition, musical performances and a wrestling show, was planned to coincide with the homecoming parade of one of the British Army’s most prestigious armoured regiments.

About 150 soldiers of The King’s Royal Hussars marched through the city to mark 300 years of its history.

They were joined by The Band of The Royal Armoured Corps.

Families were then entertained throughout the day, with up to 20,000 people thought to have visited the city.

Organiser Coun Drew Gale said: “The King’s Royal Hussars were absolutely amazing and did the city proud.

King's Royal Hussars homecoming parade in Preston

King's Royal Hussars homecoming parade in Preston

“The strong man competition proved very popular, the Challenger rank was a huge attraction, as was the Spitfire.

“The wrestling show was incredibly busy and incredibly popular.

“And the night time concert just blew people away.

“It was absolutely stunning, people were in tears.”

The King’s Royal Hussars were absolutely amazing and did the city proud.

Coun Drew Gale

Coun Gale said visitors had a “great time”. He said: “I can’t describe it as anything other than spectacular.”