A VILLAGE in Christchurch was full of the sound and colour of military tradition during a popular annual parade.

It was the 10th anniversary of the Burton Armed Forces and Veterans Day this year, and the village green was bustling with people enjoying the sight of the traditional parade on Sunday.

Led by the Ringwood Pipe Band, the parade mustered at Burton Primary School and marched through several residential roads before arriving at the green.

The event, which was started by Burton ward councillor and village resident Colin Jamieson in 2008, also featured performances from the Christchurch and District Community Band and Miss Annie who sang a selection of wartime favourites.

Earlier in the afternoon, everyone’s eyes were drawn to the skies to watch a Battle of Britian memorial flypast by the Dakota aircraft.

Mayor of Christchurch, Cllr Nick Geary, said it was a “fantastic” day.

“It’s always a pleasure to be here – although I would normally march in the parade, however I can’t this year because I’m mayor.

“I was very impressed with the way everything was laid out this year, and the music was great,” he added.

David Flagg, leader of Christchurch Borough Council, said: “It’s been a very successful event since it started in 2008.”

He added it was also a “sad day” due to the absence of Judy Jamieson, who passed away in April.

Judy, who was chairman of Burton Parish Council for many years, was instrumental, with her husband, Colin, in starting up the Armed Forces Day.

“We’ve had a great day, and let’s hope we’ve done her proud,” Cllr Flagg added.

The day was set up to show support for British troops fighting in conflicts around the world, particularly those in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Over the years, it has evolved to become a staple in the village calendar, increasing in popularity and is now attended by hundreds of residents.

As well as the parade and live music entertainment, the green played host to the Hop on Inn bar, as well as various stalls from military charities and organisations and a variety of children’s entertainment.

Artist Jacqueline Hurley displayed her war poppy collection, which was last month on display at the National Memorial Arboretum.

Gareth King, chairman, said: “Our event is held with the aim of bringing together the armed forces, veterans and the surrounding communities in our area to celebrate the work they do.

“It is also a way to say thank you for all the hard efforts and endeavour. We also aim to raise as much money as we can for the various charities in attendance.”