Armed Forces Day set to draw 20,000 people to the seafront

Armed Forces Day on Scarborough Seafront.The Veterans parade.Picture Richard Ponter 122571e
Armed Forces Day on Scarborough Seafront.The Veterans parade.Picture Richard Ponter 122571e

Plans are coming together for a spectacular Armed Forces Day 2013 in Scarborough’s South Bay at the end of next month.

Final details of a display by The Red Arrows have now been confirmed and the action-packed schedule for the whole event has also been finalised, with organisers saying they hope it will be the best Armed Forces Day ever.

On Saturday June 29, starting at 2pm, The Red Arrows will take to the skies for over 20 minutes to wow spectators with one of their legendary displays.

The team’s display will be preceded at 1pm by an air display from RAF Typhoon fighter planes. Other aerial activity during the afternoon includes a flypast involving the historic Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane aircraft which make up the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Members of the Ravens Parachute Display Team, who are all serving paratroopers, will use military precision to land on the beach - weather permitting - after leaping from an aircraft at 10,000ft.

They will fly an Armed Forces Day flag on their descent and will set off coloured smoke flares strapped to their ankles. A flypast by a RAF Sea King helicopter will mark the end of the event at 5pm.

On the ground, there will be a veterans’ parade, a special beach boot camp, two flight simulators - the Royal Air Force Associations Wings Appeal simulator and the Help For Heroes Experience simulator, which will provide the public with the opportunity to experience a pilot’s eye view of flight and appreciate the skills and experience required to be a RAF pilot, information and displays about The Red Arrows, paintballing, a climbing tower, equipment displays, vintage military vehicles and much more.

The afternoon’s programme will get underway at noon with a welcome by the Mayor of Scarborough and the presentation of badges to veterans.

Cllr Tom Fox, leader of Scarborough Council and chairman of Scarborough’s Armed Forces Day steering group, said: “It’s very exciting to see the final schedule for the day come together and to know that as well as honouring the outstanding contribution our Armed Forces make to this country, we will be treated to some amazing spectacles both in the air and on the ground.

“Of course for many spectators the Red Arrows will be the highlight of the day, but there are so many other displays and activities that really have the wow factor and we hope that their widespread appeal will help make 2013 the most successful Armed Forces Day ever for Scarborough.”

To ensure the event runs as smoothly as possible, Scarborough Council is appealing for volunteers aged 18 plus to help out on the day, whether for an hour or two, or for the entire event.

Anyone interested in getting involved should contact Kathryn Duck, Armed Forces Day Volunteer Co-ordinator by email to or by calling 07732 064678.

Further information about Armed Forces Day is available from the Scarborough Tourism Bureau on (01723) 383636 or email