Armed Forces Day exhibition in Barnstaple will be a chance to meet veterans and view wartime memorabilia and weaponry.

Large crowds are expected for next week’s annual North Devon Armed Forces Exhibition, which has found a new home in Barnstaple.

It will run from Thursday, June 25–27, with Saturday 27’s events open to the public and activities on the Thursday and Friday for local schools.

This annual highlight of the North Devon calendar is proving more and more popular each year, and has moved from Bideford to a new venue at Pilton Community College.

The free event, led by North Devon Veterans Association and organised in partnership with a range of other organisations, charts military history through displays of equipment and memorabilia and demonstrations.

Forces veterans are also on hand to bring the displays to life and answer visitors’ questions.

Up to 2,000 pupils are expected over the two days, with free admission for everyone from 10am on the Saturday.

Stagecoach will also be running free buses from the bus station to the college every half-hour on the Saturday.

Town mayor Cllr Val Elkins said: “I’m really excited to see the exhibition taking shape and congratulate all involved in organising it.

“This is a great opportunity for people to learn about the armed forces, past and present, and to celebrate Barnstaple’s strong links with the forces.”

Veterans are invited to come along to the event with their families and bring their medals, berets, wartime memorabilia or photographs.

Organiser Nobby Clark said: “It’s a time for them to talk to people about their experiences.

“The event has grown quite substantially in the last year and this is going to be our biggest one yet.

“We’d love to see as many veterans as possible there.”