COMMUNITIES were given a taste of army life at the Abingdon Armed Forces Open Day.

Hundreds of people turned up for demonstrations from forces based at the Dalton Barracks and the chance to get up close and personal with the latest technology.

Among the soldiers was 21-year-old Private Eric Miller, pictured, from 43 Squadron. He is currently serving in Germany, but was visiting his unit at the barracks.

He said: “We carried out displays, showing how we would act if we came into contact with an improvised explosive device or the enemy.

“And then we were showing the kids our latest weapons systems. They seemed to really enjoy it.”

The event on Saturday marked the end of Armed Forces Week, which saw activities taking place across the county.

One highlight was a drop-in from the Royal Logistics Corps Silver Stars Freefall Parachute Display Team.

They flew in from the skies with the Armed Forces’ Day Flag, which has been flown above Abingdon’s County Hall for the last week.