Final preparations are being made for the eighth annual Armed Forces Day in Scarborough on Saturday.
An action packed programme of events awaits the crowds that are expected to flock to the coastal town to pay tribute to the UK Armed mForces and share in the day’s celebrations.
The day runs from 10.00am until 5.00pm starting with an air to sea rescue display by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) and Her Majesty’s Coastguard (HMCG).
The official civic welcome and presentations will take place at 12.00pm at the formal area on Foreshore Road.
At 3.40pm, there will be an air display by the Hurricane and Spitfire of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), which has been made possible by TransPennine Express’ sponsorship of a Flying Display Director, to ensure full compliance with new safety rules set by the Civil Aviation Authority.
The day’s Foreshore Road programme in full:
10.00am RNLI/HMCG air to sea rescue display with commentary
11.00am RAF Cadets first aid demonstration opposite Gilly’s
Noon Event opened by the Yorkshire Volunteers Band Yorkshire Volunteers followed by the Scarborough Sea Cadets with gun. Welcome by the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Simon Green. Response by Deputy Lord Lieutenant of North Yorkshire, Sir William Worsley DL Presentation of the new standard and veteran badges with citations
12.30pm Yorkshire Volunteers Band performance
12.40pm Scarborough Sea Cadet gun run demonstration
1.30pm ‘Songs Our Soldiers Sang’: WW1 anthology of morale-boosting songs and stirring marches performed by Kathryn Irwin, Matt Stradling and Tim Tubbs
2.20pm North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Pipe Band performance
3.00pm RAF Cadets first aid demonstration opposite Gilly’s
3.15pm Vintage singer Cherie Lawrence performs popular WW2 songs
3.40pm RAF BBMF Spitfire and Hurricane display
4.20pm Standards, Veterans and Uniformed Youth Parade led by WMIK and the Yorkshire Volunteers Band
4.30pm Review of Parade at the Formal Area
4.40pm Presentation of AFD Flag with citation
4.45pm Service of Thanksgiving led by Revd. Martyn Dunning, Vicar of Scarborough
5.00pm ‘Three Cheers’ for the Armed Forces
The day’s Sandside programme in full:
10.00am Scarborough Fair Organ plays 1940s melodies as the Vintage Fair gets underway
10.15am Sea Cadets Band plays outside Newcastle Packet
11.00am Vintage singer Cherie Lawrence performs WW2 popular songs near Ask Restaurant
11.30am Scarborough Fair Organ plays 1940s melodies
12.15pm North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Pipe Band performance
1.00pm Vintage singer Cherie Lawrence performs WW2 popular songs
1.30pm Yorkshire Volunteers Band performance
2.00pm Scarborough Fair Organ plays 1940s melodies
2.10pm Army Cadets demonstration outside Waterfront Café
2.15pm North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Pipe Band step off from Newcastle Packet towards Foreshore
2.30pm Vintage singer Cherie Lawrence performs WW2 popular songs
3.00pm Scarborough Fair Organ plays 1940s melodies
3.55pm North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Pipe band performance
4.15pm Scarborough Fair Organ plays 1940s melodies
Other highlights include: vintage market with more than 20 themed stalls, RAF Red Arrows and Lancaster Bomber flight simulators, The Queen’s Own Yeomanry assault course and various green vehicles, including a Weapons Mount Installation Kit vehicle that will lead the veterans’ parade, military assault course, military adventure activities, vintage military vehicles cars, motorbikes and vintage fire engine.
All programme timings are approximate and may be subject to change due to adverse weather, alteration or cancellation.
Military families visiting Scarborough on the day are welcome to visit the Heroes Welcome stall near West Pier car park (adjacent to the seafood stalls) to claim a resort hosting pack, which will contain lots of freebies and special offers (Armed Forces identification will be required).
Elsewhere in Scarborough on Armed Forces Day, Peasholm Park is putting on a special twilight display of its famous miniature sea battle, Naval Warfare starting at 6pm.
Tickets are available at the park from 5pm. Also at 5pm, Scarborough Spa Suncourt will host an early evening concert with the Yorkshire Military Band. Entry to the concert is free but a donation to Armed Forces Day charities is encouraged. At 7pm, a Help for Heroes Summer Ball will take place at the Royal Hotel. Tickets and further information are available by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling Rebecca on 07445 253691.
Rowena Marsden, Scarborough Armed Forces Day Manager said: “Scarborough will be celebrating this weekend in true Armed Forces Day style.
"With one of the few air displays taking place in Yorkshire this year secured for our event and a great range of displays, parades and stalls on the ground, it’s set to be a very special tribute to our Armed Forces and a ‘must see’ for locals and visitors.
“I’d like to thank the generosity of TransPennine Express, partner organisations and local businesses with sponsorship and in kind contributions, and the many volunteers that give up their time to help make Armed Forces Day a success.”
To allow the event to go ahead, Sandside will be closed in both directions from 5.00am until 7.00pm and Foreshore Road from 7.00am until 7.00pm between Aquarium Top and Luna Park roundabouts including the bottom part of Eastborough (from the Train Shop down to Foreshore Road). Eastborough car park, West Pier car park and Quay Street car park will also be closed.
The diversion route for traffic arriving from the south of Scarborough and wishing to travel to the North Bay or park on Marine Drive will be via Vernon Road, Falconers Road, St Nicholas Street, St Thomas Street, North Marine Road, Peasholm Road, Peasholm Gap, and Royal Albert Drive.