Army thanks for town’s support

Armed Forces Day 2011''Picture by Neil Silk  112584a
Armed Forces Day 2011''Picture by Neil Silk 112584a
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THE Army has thanked Scarborough for its show of support on Armed Forces Day.

Ceremonies took place in the town all last week to mark the third annual UK Armed Forces Day.

Thousands of people descended on Scarborough to watch a parade of soldiers from 2 Signal Regiment march through the town centre on Saturday. They were accompanied by Sea, Air and Army Cadets, youngsters from the Scouts and Guides associations and up to 20 motorbike riders from The Royal British Legion.

The show of appreciation was welcomed by 2nd Lieutenant Patrick Keating, 23, who manned the stand and hailed the day as a great success.

He said: “It was great to be involved in Armed Forces Day. The public really enjoyed the event and what we put on. Everyone loved the paintball range and they were really interested in the weapons kit we had out on our stand.

“Scarborough is incredibly inviting to the Armed Forces. There’s a history of generosity towards the Military with the “Heroes Welcome” Scheme and we all felt that on Saturday” he said.

Music was played by the Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band before they halted in front of the St Nicholas Gardens balconies where a review of the parade was carried out by Scarborough mayor, Cllr John Blackburn.

The event got underway on Saturday afternoon with the Yorkshire Volunteers Band marching to the foot of St Nicholas Gardens.

It continued with an aeronautical display from The Blades, and a demonstration of a sea-to-air rescue from HMS Explorer, the RAF Sea King Helicopter and Scarborough RNLI.

Thousands of people turned out for the event, some waving flags and donning Union Jacks or camouflage clothing, but were left disappointed that the planned Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster bomber display did not go ahead due to engine problems

Crowds gathered especially for the Veterans Parade, which was lead by The Heavy Cavalry and Cambrai Band, followed by 2 Signal Regiment platoon, Parade of Standards, Armed Forces veterans, Scarborough’s Cadet units, civilian uniformed youth groups and the Royal British Legion Riders.

After the parade drew to a halt at the foot of St Nicholas Gardens there was a presentation of special Scarborough Armed Forces Day Flags to Colour Sergeant David Lightfoot, HMS Explorer, and George Southern.