PICTURES: A fitting end to Armed Forces Week

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Thousands stood in poignant silence to mark the end of Armed Forces Week.

They gathered in tribute to soldiers killed in conflict, and to say thank-you to veterans and serving personnel.

Picture by Julian Brown 26/06/16

The start of the parade at the end of the service

The Armed Forces are honoured at a service and parade at Blackpool Cenotaph

Picture by Julian Brown 26/06/16 The start of the parade at the end of the service The Armed Forces are honoured at a service and parade at Blackpool Cenotaph

The service, held at Blackpool’s War Memorial, was a serious end to the day’s activities.

Earlier, crowds took in the vintage and modern day military vehicle displays, and enjoyed an RAF flypast

St John’s Square played host to live acts on stage and military bands as well as replica Spitfire and ground crew.

Throughout the week, events were held ac ross the resort to commemorate armed forces.

Picture by Julian Brown 26/06/16

Some of the crowd at the event

The Armed Forces are honoured at a service and parade at Blackpool Cenotaph

Picture by Julian Brown 26/06/16 Some of the crowd at the event The Armed Forces are honoured at a service and parade at Blackpool Cenotaph

These included a Music for Heroes concert at the Opera House and an Armed Forces Careers Information Day at the Houndshill Centre.

And schoolchildren took part in the “Going to the Flicks” project, taking them from the classroom to the Odeon cinema, Blackpool, for a special war-time experience.

Blackpool’s taxi drivers also held their annual taxi pull on the Promenade to raise funds for the armed forces.