Members of the Scots Guards and their families enjoyed a pre-deployment day out at the seaside with a little help from Heroes Welcome.
The Scarborough-based scheme, which supports armed forces personnel, welcomed over 150 members of the Scots Guards Battle Group and their families for a Grand Day Out to the seaside.
The Battalion is presently deploying to Afghanistan and the visit was seen as an opportunity for families to spend some last-minute quality time together.
The event was made possible with the support of local businesses, who offered food, drink and activities at reduced rates.
John Senior, of Heroes Welcome, said: “Coordinating the day was very much a demonstration of Heroes Welcome in action and apart from being the right thing to do, the goodwill generated for Scarborough will not be lost on Catterick Garrison, home to the Scots Guards and some 9,000 other serving soldiers and their families.
“The day was a great success and thanks go to all those businesses from both the North and South Bays who so generously got involved.”
Captain Gary Dunning, welfare and families Officer, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, said: “It should never be underestimated how much the soldiers and their families, both married and single, appreciate the extra special effort from great initiatives like the Heroes Welcome.
“It is always very reassuring when the families receive such a warm and friendly welcome, not just from the local businesses but from the general public as a whole - none more so than that on Saturday.”
Lt Colonel Robert Howieson, commanding officer, 1st Battalion Scots Guards, said: “Building relationships between communities can present many challenges, but these can be overcome by the embracement of initiatives like the Heroes Welcome and Saturday’s trip proved just how successful this can be.
“The warm and friendly welcome we received was greatly appreciated by all and a huge thank you to the Mayor of Scarborough Cllr Helen Mallory for presenting sticks of rock and chatting to every single child along the way.”