ORGANISERS of this year’s Armed Forces Day in Scarborough have unveiled a week-long packed programme of events.
They have promised more community involvement than ever before in this, its third year.
Rowena Marsden, Scarborough Council’s project officer who spearheads the event’s organisation, said: “It’s great to see different members of the community involved in Armed Forces Week events. It should be another memorable occasion for all concerned.”
Armed Forces Week will begin on Monday June 20, with a Flying the Flag ceremony at 10.30am in the Town Hall Gardens. The event will be attended by veterans, schoolchildren and VIPs.
There will also be special visits into schools throughout the week by members of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help.
And nearly 150 youngsters from the Scarborough Dance Centre will be In The Mood with their annual show paying homage to the Armed Forces at the YMCA Theatre in St Thomas Street from Friday June 24, until Sunday June 26.
A war games club in Scarborough, which recreates battle scenarios on giant tables using armies of small figurines, will also be attempting to break a world record at Scarborough Spa over the Armed Forces Day weekend.
The week of events to celebrate the military will draw to a close on Sunday June 26 with a spectacular musical tribute to the Royal British Legion in its 90th year by the world-renowned Scarborough Spa Orchestra in the newly refurbished Spa Grand Hall, complete with standard bearers and a poignant red poppy drop.
The current list of events includes:
Monday June 20: Flying the Flag Ceremony at Scarborough Town Hall, next to the Queen Victoria statue in St Nicholas gardens, starting at 10.30am
Wednesday June 22: The Spa Orchestra will perform wartime-themed music at its morning concert at the Spa, in the Sun Court Enclosure at the Spa complex
Friday June 24: ‘Camo’ Education Day in Scarborough schools, in association with SSAFA, the Scarborough-based Heroes Welcome initiative and the local Army recruitment office
Friday June 24 to Sunday June 26: A military themed concert from 7.30pm at Scarborough YMCA in St Thomas Street by Scarborough Dance Centre
Saturday June 25: Armed Forces Day from noon and features a packed programme of air displays, exhibitions, parades, military bands and much more on Scarborough seafront
Saturday June 25 and Sunday June 26: War Torn at Scarborough Spa – world record war games attempt featuring some 40,000 miniature figures
Saturday June 25: Military themed concert from 7.30pm at Scarborough YMCA in St Thomas Street by Scarborough Dance Centre
Sunday June 26: Scarborough Spa Orchestra’s musical tribute celebrating the Royal British Legion’s 90th anniversary in the spectacular newly refurbished Spa Grand Hall complete with standard bearers and poignant red poppy drop.