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Blackpool’s Armed Forces Week kicked off with a bang as some of the country’s strongest men showed off their muscles.

Contestants travelled from all over the country to take part in the Blackpool’s Strongest Man competition in St John’s Square on Saturday.

Blackpool's Strongest Man 2015 competition at St John's Square. Pictured is winner Dale Peters, 44, with his trophy.

Blackpool's Strongest Man 2015 competition at St John's Square. Pictured is winner Dale Peters, 44, with his trophy.

Blackpool Business Improvement District (BID) brought in Lancashire-based armed forces charity Our Local Heroes to launch the contest, which is now set to become an annual event.

Competitors tested their strength in a series of challenges, including the truck pull and the car deadlift.

Eileen Ormand, of Blackpool BID, said: “It was a first for us but it was a really big success.

“What a remarkable bunch of men they are – they are massive. It was an amazing event.”

Blackpool's strongest men: 3rd place Jon Bleach (left), winner Dale Peters and second place Ryan England (right).

Blackpool's strongest men: 3rd place Jon Bleach (left), winner Dale Peters and second place Ryan England (right).

Greg Dunnings, who lives in Lancashire, organised the event to support Armed Forces Week.

A veteran himself, he almost lost a leg in an explosion while serving in Afghanistan.

Gaz Taylor competes for the title of Blackpool's Strongest Man.

Gaz Taylor competes for the title of Blackpool's Strongest Man.

Compere for the day Wayne Fulton with Pixie.

Compere for the day Wayne Fulton with Pixie.