Huge crowds stunned by Red Arrows at Armed Forces Day

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Tens of thousands of people flocked to Scarborough’s South Bay for Armed Forces Day 2013 - and were treated to a breathtaking performance by the Red Arrows.

An estimated crowd of 30,000 people lined Foreshore Road, South Bay beach and the Town Hall Gardens to take in the amazing aerial display.

Other major attractions throughout the day were an RAF Typhoon display and Battle of Britain Memorial Flypast by a Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster Bomber.

Onlookers were stunned by the performances - in particular by the Red Arrows - which proved a huge draw to locals and visitors alike.

John Margetts, of Evelyn Drive, said: “What can I say? I’m lost for words. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

Richard Leake, of Sandybed, added: “Things like this put the great back in Great Britain. It’s fantastic to see so many people out enjoying it.”

Mr Leake, an ex-forces man, brought along his grandson Kyle, 13, who has raised £3,000 for Help for Heroes by doing karaoke events. Kyle said: “I’s been brilliant. The planes were amazing.”

Compere for the day Nick Taylor, of Scarborough Council, said: “I’m extremely touched to see so many people here. The displays were just remarkable - I had a lump in my throat and goose bumps!”

The day’s attractions also included music by the Band of the Yorkshire Volunteers, a parachute display, beach bootcamp by Bodycomplete, a Standards and Veterans parade and an RAF Sea King flypast.

For a full report and picture round-up, see Thursday’s Scarborough News.