Honouring our heroes

Scarborough Armed Forces Flag day at the Town Hall. Ian Fox of the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment ,Toby Smith and Kaitlin Hayhurst meet the soldiers. Pic Richard Ponter 152501a
Scarborough Armed Forces Flag day at the Town Hall. Ian Fox of the 2nd Battalion Yorkshire Regiment ,Toby Smith and Kaitlin Hayhurst meet the soldiers. Pic Richard Ponter 152501a

Armed Forces Week got under way in Scarborough on Monday with a flag-raising ceremony held in the Town Hall Gardens.

It was hosted by the Mayor of Scarborough and attended by soldiers of 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, civic dignitaries, service associations, the 
Sea Cadets, Army Cadets, 
Air Cadets, veterans, and schoolchildren from Friarage and Braeburn primary schools.

The Vulcan bomber, pictured here at Armed Forces Day 2014, will make its farewell flight tomorrow. Visiting Scarborough at 1.23pm

The Vulcan bomber, pictured here at Armed Forces Day 2014, will make its farewell flight tomorrow. Visiting Scarborough at 1.23pm

The Corps of Drums from 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment (2 YORKS) gave a musical display, and a bugler played the Last Post and Reveille as the Armed Forces Day flag was raised on the top of the Town Hall.

The Mayor of Scarborough, Cllr Tom Fox, told the gathering that it was the seventh year that the flag-raising ceremony had been held in the Town Hall Gardens.

He said: “Armed Forces Day is an opportunity for us to give thanks to our Armed Forces and what they do for us.

“Raising the flag is a national event for our Armed Forces past, present and, indeed, the future.

“We are looking forward to the official event on Saturday on the Foreshore Road, when we can say a very big thank you to all our Armed Forces for their dedication and determination to bring peace and humanitarian aid the world over.

“It will be a fantastic day.”

Captain Jamie Barraclough, who is Second-in-Command of Alma Company, 2 YORKS, said the flag-raising ceremony kick-started a week of events for the regiment as well.

Capt Barraclough said: “The 2nd Battalion is currently based in Cyprus but, over the summer, more than 600 officers and soldiers will be returning to their home in Yorkshire, and will be based at Somme Barracks in Catterick Garrison.

“This will be the first time since the formation of the Yorkshire Regiment in 2006 that a Regular battalion will be based ‘at home’ in Yorkshire, alongside its county-based Reserve battalion, 4 YORKS.

“So we have come to Yorkshire from Cyprus to start the reintegration of the regiment back into the Yorkshire community.”

The seventh Armed Forces Day in Scarborough on Saturday will offer free entertainment for people of all ages.

The event starts at 10am, with the civic proceedings at 12 noon being led by the Yorkshire Volunteers Band in 1940s battledress and 2 YORKS Corps of Drums.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be taking part with a RAF Spitfire display over South Bay to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. A Vulcan bomber will make its last flight over at 1.23pmand biplanes with wing-walkers will also make an appearance.