THE countdown is on to Scarborough’s third Armed Forces Day this weekend.
Organisers are expecting more than 10,000 people on the Foreshore for this year’s event.
Armed Forces Day activities will start at noon on Foreshore Road with a speech by the Mayor, Cllr John Blackburn, followed by a march by the Yorkshire Volunteers Band to the balconies at the foot of St Nicholas Gardens in Foreshore Road.
The weekend will draw to a close with a Sunday concert by the Scarborough Spa Orchestra to celebrate the Royal British Legion’s 90th year in the spectacular newly refurbished Spa Grand Hall complete with Standard Bearers and poignant red poppy drop.
The parade of veterans will be setting off from the Spa at 4pm.
Joining the veterans and standards are the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band, service personnel from 2 Signal Regiment, Sea, Air and Army Cadets, youngsters from the Scouts and Guides associations and up to 20 motorbike riders from The Royal British Legion.
The parade will come to a halt in front of the St Nicholas Gardens balconies before a review of the parade is carried out by the Mayor and Major General Michael Charlton-Weedy CBE.
Meanwhile, Scarborough Chamber of Trade is offering a prize to the shop window which best epitomises the spirit of the day.
Chamber president Janet Jefferson said: “Scarborough is really getting behind Armed Forces Day this year and the Chamber is keen to encourage traders to play their part.
“Our armed forces do a fantastic job on our behalf and marking this week in this way is a small demonstration of our gratitude.
“It would be wonderful if as many shops as possible could trim up their windows for the week. We will award a prize for the best.”
The prize will be two tickets for the 90th Anniversary Royal British Legion at the Spa Grand Hall on Sunday at 7.45pm.