Helpers needed to staff Armed Forces Day

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A BATTALION of volunteers is being sought to help the organisers of this year’s Scarborough Armed Forces Day.

More than 10,000 people are expected to gather on the Foreshore for the town’s third Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 25.

In the run up to the event organisers are looking for volunteers to help with a variety of tasks, including collecting for the three charities supported by this year’s Armed Forces Day – the Royal British Legion, Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help and the RNLI – as well as stewarding and marshalling duties.

Brenda Horton, who is overseeing the charity collections on the day, said: “We have got 99 ‘collection buckets’ so ideally I would like at least 50 charity collectors to help out. Even if people can only spare an hour or two, it would be an enormous help and if people are marching they are not precluded from lending a hand. The Armed Forces Day team wants to raise as much money as possible for SSAFA, the RNLI and the Royal British Legion to support the amazing work those charities carry out.”

Kathryn Duck, who oversees marshalling duties added: “I’m looking for around 15 volunteers to help out with supervising and chaperoning duties and be information points for visitors throughout the day. Any assistance would be gratefully received.”

Brenda can be contacted on 01723 370845, email brennreg@aol.com; while Kathryn can be reached on 07732 064678, email kathrynduck@btinternet.com.

Among the attractions planned for Armed Forces Day are an aeronautical display by the Blades team, a 15 minute display of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster Bomber, marching bands, a veterans’ parade and stalls, events and activities.

This year’s event is being hosted and organised by Scarborough Council, in partnership with the Heroes Welcome initiative, South Bay Traders Association, Royal British Legion, SSAFA Forces Help and the RNLI, with financial support from local businessman Don Robinson, the Ministry of Defence and the council.