SLIDESHOW: Armed Forces Day celebrations

Members of the armed forces received a warm welcome when they paraded through Ballymena on Saturday.

Thousands of people from near and far lined the streets to watch the spectacle which saw serving and former members of the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Air Force and cadets walk through the town to the showgrounds led by the Band of HM Royal Marines (Scotland).

Victoria Henry, Cadet Anna Henry, Cllr. Billy Henry, Cllr. Audrey Wales, Chris Wales, Jackie Henry and Grace Carson pictured at the Armed Forces Day at Ballymena Showgrounds. INBT26-255AC

Victoria Henry, Cadet Anna Henry, Cllr. Billy Henry, Cllr. Audrey Wales, Chris Wales, Jackie Henry and Grace Carson pictured at the Armed Forces Day at Ballymena Showgrounds. INBT26-255AC

After a short Drumhead Service at that destination, a fabulous programme of family fun got underway, also attracting hundreds of people from a wide area who were all keen to celebrate Armed Forces Day.