WINNERS of the Shine for Salisbury competition have been revealed.

The Treblemakers, Rock Choir Salisbury and Duck n Cuvver will be performing on the main stage in front of thousands during the National Armed Forces Day weekend held in Salisbury, 28 - 30 June.

The winning artists were announced earlier today (March 21) as the 100-day countdown to the event began with a service held in the Guildhall Square.

To compete, both local and military acts had to submit footage of themselves performing to the Armed Forces Day Facebook page, so the public could vote for their favourites.

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During the announcements this morning, Wiltshire Council leader Jane Scott promised the event to be the "most amazing weekend", adding: "We’re extremely proud of our long association with the military.

“Armed Forces Day is a chance to show our support to those men and women who make up the armed forces community, from current serving troops to serving families, to veterans and to cadets."

Mayor of Salisbury, Councillor Mike Osment, added: “We are looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors to our beautiful city over three days and to showcase all that it offers locally, nationally and internationally.”

Following the announcment Rock Choir Salisbury leader, Charlotte Mutch-Jones, said this will be the first gig for some members, and was “chuffed” the 80-member singing group was voted to bring their music to the festivities.

Member of original and cover band Duck n Cuvver, Robert Hardie, said: "As an ex-soldier it will be an absolute honour to play for the military.

"When I got told the crowds [over National Armed Forces Day] could peak at 30,000, I got butterflies - I'm usually quite a tough character but that's a lot of people to entertain, but it's an absolute dream."

And gutarist for cover band The Treblemakers, John Fennelly, said: "We're so excited to be taking part and so thrilled it is part of the Armed Forces Day weekend. We're going to make it a real show."

Other events during the eleventh annual weekend include a fly-past by the Red Arrows, fireworks, live music and military displays.

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Salisbury has several current and historic links to the Armed Forces, and following the army basing program and the city being declared Novichok-free, Colonel Andrew Dawes, commander for South West and the event military lead, said Salisbury hosting the event is "great timing".

He added: "Giving a platform to local and military talent is a brilliant thing to do. The demographic here is so integrated, every tenth person you walk past in the street is either married to the army, in the army [or] used to be in the army, so that's a great thing about Sailsbury.

"Salisbury is a beating heart in the army community and we are very excited for the event to come here. It feels like it's coming home."

Sponsors include General Dynamics, Landmarc, MiPermit, Nationwide Engineering, KBR, Aspire Defence and Lovell, and Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) will be the charity sponsor and Royal British Legion the charity partner.