A NUMBER of events to mark Armed Forces Day were cancelled due to the coronavirus crisis.

But Martin Tier was determined to make sure serving forces personnel weren't forgotten.

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To that end he organised a last minute military convoy as a show of support for the Armed Forces community, from serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets.

Mr Tier used his contacts to arrange the display of military vehicles in a procession from Taunton through West Somerset and Bridgwater.

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The event was held yesterday (Sunday), despite Armed Forces Day being the previous day, as organisers felt the weather would be better.

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Somerset West and Taunton Council flew flags over its offices in Taunton and Williton.

It also produced a series of short videos to be shared on its social media feeds in the lead up to and on Armed Forces Day.

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Council chairman Cllr Hazel Prior-Sankey said: “The respect and appreciation shown by the local community goes a long way to sustaining the morale of the Armed Forces 'family', particularly 40 Commando Royal Marines and The Rifles who have a long association with Somerset West and Taunton."

A flag to honour the Armed Forces in Somerset was also raised over Somerset County Council's HQ at County Hall.

Police officers across the district stopped for a moment last week to offer a salute to the Armed Forces.

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