Leeds united for our Armed Forces Day

Leeds united! The landlords of two landmark Old Town pubs the Leeds Hotel and the Leeds Arms, have joined forces to festoon their streets with flags and bunting for this weekend's Armed Forces Day. Pictured is John Wilson of the Leeds hotel, with pub regular Martin Grayson, who helped put up the decorations. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122519a

Leeds united! The landlords of two landmark Old Town pubs the Leeds Hotel and the Leeds Arms, have joined forces to festoon their streets with flags and bunting for this weekend's Armed Forces Day. Pictured is John Wilson of the Leeds hotel, with pub regular Martin Grayson, who helped put up the decorations. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122519a

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Two landmark Old Town pubs have joined forces to show their support for Armed Forces Day by getting the flags out for the event.

Bosses at the Leeds Hotel and the Leeds Arms decided it would be a good idea to show their support and try to generate a bit of community involvement.

Leeds united! The landlords of two landmark Old Town pubs the Leeds Hotel and the Leeds Arms, have joined forces to festoon their streets with flags and bunting for this weekend's Armed Forces Day. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122519d 19/06/12

Leeds united! The landlords of two landmark Old Town pubs the Leeds Hotel and the Leeds Arms, have joined forces to festoon their streets with flags and bunting for this weekend's Armed Forces Day. Picture by Andrew Higgins sn122519d 19/06/12

John Wilson, who has been the landlord of the Leeds Hotel since December 2010, said that there was not enouogh done to support the Armed Forces. He added: “We try to get into the spirit of things.”

He said that his son also served as a submariner so Armed Forces Day was very important to him. “The more effort you make eventually you will reap something from it.”

The 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment – the only detachment of the military with a base in Scarborough – will be playing a high profile role on Armed Forces Day in the town.

The Territorial Army Battalion is bringing several displays to the seafront on Saturday and overall commander Major Ken Albon, from Scarborough, said: “We are very proud once again to be associated with Armed Forces Day in Scarborough. To us it’s the number one event in the country.

“It’s a great occasion to raise the profile of 4 Yorks and engage young people in particular about the work we do.

“In recent years members of 4 Yorks have proudly served our country alongside regular soldiers on the front line – it’s great for the battalion to also get the recognition it deserves through events like Armed Forces Day.”

There are currently 30 members of The 4th Battalion on duty in Afghanistan, serving alongside their counterparts from The 3rd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, with 50 soldiers having already returned after serving with The 1st Battalion of the regiment.

Scarborough Armed Forces Day is the Naval Regional Commander’s keystone event in the North of England this year and is expected to attract more than 15,000 people to the town’s seafront.

Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band Scotland will demonstrate their skills with a 40-minute performance and the Royal Navy will also be bringing their Royal Marines Fitness Challenge and Climbing Tower to the event as well as Food for Life healthy cooking demonstrations.

The Ravens parachute team will be dropping into South Bay beach, while the Scarborough event will also feature many other displays, parades, stalls and games.

Armed Forces Day in Scarborough takes place a week ahead of the national celebrations in Plymouth.

Scarborough will join the rest of the country on Monday when residents will be asked to show their respect for the UK’s Armed Forces and watch the special flag being raised on the Town Hall flagpost.

It will be raised at 10.30am outside the Town Hall in St Nicholas gardens.

Rowena Marsden, Scarborough Council’s culture officer and event coordinator, said: “This is a very special ceremony which I know is appreciated by local families who have loved ones currently serving. It is a time to reflect and send special thoughts to them.”

Cllr Helen Mallory, the Mayor of Scarborough, will lead the proceedings with representation from the Royal British Legion and local veterans. Children from Gladstone Road Junior School will also attend the flag-raising ceremony and afterwards will have the chance to talk to some of the veterans.