Veterans and serving armed forces troops were celebrated at a special event in Christchurch.

The town's Royal British Legion hosted a coffee morning for locals as well as live music from the Christchurch RBL Band.

Armed Forces Day takes place on the last Saturday every June to show support for troops and their families.

Veterans Trevor Overton and Eric Barns said that events like these mean a lot to them.

Bournemouth Echo: Trevor Overton and Eric Barns

Trevor served in the Middlesex Regime of the National Service for 40 years and regularly attends events to meet fellow veterans.

Eric served in the Royal Navy for 45-50 years and was also the ex-President of the Christchurch Royal British Legion.

“It’s nice that they do this for the veterans, thanking them for their service,” said Eric.

While Eric was president it was his idea to form the Christchurch RBL Band that has become so popular today.

Florence Thompson said she become a committee member for both the Royal British Legion and the Christchurch RBL Band to support her veteran daughter.

Bournemouth Echo: Florence Thompson and her daughter Nikki Coates

Nikki Coates, Florence’s daughter, was a member of the Royal Navy and is now a member of the RBL band.

“It’s just so nice to do something for the veterans,” said Florence.

“I don’t think this country supports them enough for what they do but at least by turning out we can support them this way.”

Similarly, Ron Housego attended the event to support his daughter-in-law, a member of the RBL band playing the flute and piccolo.

Bournemouth Echo: Ron Housego

“It’s such a good cause and I always try to come and support her.”

Andrew Cook, chairman of the Christchurch RBL branch, is a former Military Police Officer and said these events are crucial for veterans.

Bournemouth Echo: Andrew Cook, Chairman of the Christchurch RBL branch.

“It’s really important for the veteran community, to come and see like minded people who understand you.

“But we get a mix of both veterans and non-veterans who come to support the cause.”

The Christchurch RBL Band will be performing again next weekend at Ferndown Royal British Legion to raise money for serving and former members of the armed forces.