Ceremony to mark Armed Forces week

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A WEEK of events to mark Armed Forces Day in Scarborough will begin with a special ceremony on Monday.

Scarborough mayor Cllr John Blackburn will be attending the ceremony when the specially commissioned Armed Forces Day flag will be raised at the Town Hall in St Nicholas Street ahead of a series of events across the town in honour of our servicemen and women.

The week culminates in Scarborough’s third Armed Forces Day on Saturday June 25 on the foreshore, with displays by The Blades aeronautical team and a Lancaster Bomber set to be among the highlights.

Scarborough is the only place in the country where the Lancaster Bomber, which performed an iconic role in the celebrations to mark the Royal wedding, will be doing an air display on Armed Forces Day,

Cllr Blackburn said: “It’s important we recognise and pay tribute to the sacrifices made by our service personnel, past and present, and their families.

“The men and women who serve in the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force find themselves in some of the most unforgiving and hostile conditions and we owe them a debt of gratitude.

“I hope many businesses and residents in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey get behind Armed Forces Day and show their support for our military personnel by flying the flag, or by supporting one of the many Armed Forces Day events in Scarborough and the borough.”

The ceremony at the Town Hall garden on Monday, which members of the public are invited to attend, begins at 9.30am with guests including VIPs and veterans due to arrive.

All local businesses and homes are encouraged to show their support by raising and flying their flags.