A branch of the Royal British Legion in Worcester Park used Armed Forces Day to celebrate servicemen and women, both past and present.

The club held an evening on June 30 to thank those in service with big band music from the 1940s as people commemorated the event with family and friends.

With more than 1,000 members, there was a “good turnout” as the Chelsea Pensioners also joined in from Royal Hospital Chelsea in south-west London.

Tom Clark, the branch’s events manager, said: “Armed Forces Day is a time to celebrate all the guys and girls that served our country in the Armed Forces. Being a British Legion club, we’re there to try and raise money for them and to try and bring about interest in what they do so that people can support them on such a day.

“It’s a great occasion to bring to the forefront and what they do every day for us.”

Andy Beaumont and Flair, and eight-piece band, performed a variety of music which ranged from swing to military-style pieces.

And the Royal British Legion is also using this year to mark the end of the First World War nearly 100 years ago on November 11, 1918.

Armed Forces Day was celebrated across south London at the weekend in praise of servicemen and women – currently active, veterans, or otherwise.