27,000 went to Salisbury AFD on Saturday

27,000 went to Salisbury AFD on Saturday

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:18pm 30th June 2019.

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Wiltshire Council have revealed how many people went along to the second day of the event at Hudson's Field.

The numbers come from how many of the free registration tickets were scanned through the gates throughout the day (Saturday June 29th).

Activities during the day included parachute displays by the RAF Falcons, a Battle of Britain Memorial flypast, a hot air balloon lift and a fireworks display.

Live music came from acts including Shine For Salisbury competition winners The Treblemakers, The Upbeat Beatles and headliners Kaiser Chiefs.

Kaiser Chiefs Salisbury AFD
The biggest crowd of the night was to see the Kaiser Chiefs take to the main stage

Her Royal Highness Princess Anne visited the military village at Hudson's Field too, speaking with troops on site.

The Princess Royal was given a posy as she arrived by the granddaughter of Baroness Scott, the leader of Wiltshire Council.

Princess Anne Hudson's Field Military Village Salisbury AFD
Princess Anne receives some flowers as she arrives at the military village at Salisbury AFD

Other dignitaries on site included Defence Secretary Penny Morduant and Deputy Prime Minister David Lidington, who told Spire FM that it's been a hugely important event:

As well as the 27,000 that went to Hudson's Field, thousands more lined the streets of Salisbury city centre for a huge military parade earlier in the day.

Kaiser Chiefs Crowd Salisbury AFD
A busy night on Hudson's Field, which ended with a fireworks display

The baton of hosting the National Armed Forces Day event in 2020 now passes to Scarborough in North Yorkshire.

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