Singing and dancing for our troops

ALMOST 150 Scarborough youngsters are getting in the mood for next month’s Armed Forces Day by putting on a special performance.

The young performers from the Scarborough Dance Centre will be taking to the stage at the YMCA Theatre in St Thomas Street for their annual show between Friday, June 24, and Sunday, June 26.

Organisers say the variety performance will be full of song and dance which will honour members of the armed forces.

It will feature a range of songs – from wartime classics like We’ll Meet Again and White Cliffs of Dover to more modern numbers such as Cheryl Cole’s Fight for This Love.

Sally Beard, a professional dancer who runs the Durham Street dance, said: “We are well into rehearsals now and nearly all our costumes are ready.

“Everyone is working really hard to perfect their routines and now we just can’t wait – it’s going to be a really lively, upbeat show with a good mix of big patriotic wartime classics and more contemporary songs.

“I can’t praise the youngsters enough for the effort they are putting in and as ever the parents have been unbelievably supportive.”

Performances take place at 7.30pm on both the Friday (June 24) and the Saturday (June 25), with a matinee show on the Sunday (June 26) at 2pm.

During the three shows there will be a collection and raffle for a military-related charity which ties in with Armed Forces Day in Scarborough.

As many as 10,000 people are expected to gather in Foreshore Road for the town’s third annual Armed Forces Day on Saturday, June 25. The day will include a display by The Blades aeronautical team and a Lancaster Bomber flypast.

There will also be a veterans’ parade along the seafront and a host of stalls, events and activities aimed at all the family. And along the road at the Spa, wargamers will also be attempting to break a world record.

This year’s Armed Forces Day is being hosted and organised by Scarborough Council in partnership with: Heroes Welcome, South Bay Traders Association, Royal British Legion, SSAFA Forces Help and the RNLI.

Financial support has come from local businessman Don Robinson’s Winston Churchill’s Britain at War Experience in London, the Ministry of Defence and the council. Tickets for the Scarborough Dance Centre event are available from the YMCA box office.