A DRUMHEAD service will be held in Spennymoor next weekend.

The military style church service will be held in Jubilee Park at 2pm on Saturday June 24, which is Armed Forces Day.

This will be the sixth year that veteran groups in the town have organised such a service, which they believe to be the only one of its kind in the region.

Military associations will display their standards at the park and be joined by Bishop Auckland Air Cadets, Sea Cadets from Chester-le-Street and civic dignitaries including Spennymoor Town Mayor Councillor Ian Machin.

Spennymoor Town Band will play hymns and Piper Sergeant Richard Malt will attend from Catterick. Deputy Lieutenant of Durham Maura Regan is also expected to attend the service.

A drumhead service is a church service which is conducted from a battlefield during armed conflict.

As the troops in the field lack a church, an altar is made from the army drums piled up and covered with national or regimental flags. Military chaplains or padres then lead a service for troops.