First details of next year's national Armed Forces Day in Scarborough revealed

A display by the Red Arrows and a parade of more than 1,000 active and retired service personnel will be part of the national Armed Forces Day celebrations in Scarborough in 2020, it has been revealed.

Tuesday, 10th December 2019, 9:35 am
Updated Tuesday, 10th December 2019, 9:35 am

A Scarborough Council report, published this week, has laid out the first details of the honouring of the country’s military, with more than 100,000 people expected to visit the borough as a result on June 27.

The authority has estimated the cost of hosting the event, which is usually attended by members of the Royal family, the Prime Minister, and other government ministers, at more than half a million pounds, a cost which it hopes to offset through sponsorship.

The report, prepared for next Tuesday’s (17th) cabinet meeting, notes: “In order to progress the planning arrangements for Armed Forces Day 2020 it is noted that the final anticipated spend for the event will be approximately £557,000.

Armed Forces Day 2019.

“It is however anticipated that a proportion of the overall expenditure will be recovered through Ministry of Defence funding, charity sponsorship, event sponsorship and other smaller funding sources, which will reduce the council’s financial contribution to the event.

“An extensive sponsorship campaign has commenced and monies to a value of approximately £110,000 have already been pledged.

“Interest in sponsoring the event is strong and it is prudently anticipated that a total of £257,000 will ultimately be achieved from sponsorship opportunities, reducing the council’s estimated net funding requirement for the event to £300,000.”

The June 27 event will be the first time the national celebration has been held in Yorkshire.

Armed Forces Day 2019. Picture by Richard Ponter

Two days earlier more than 800 local school children, parents and teachers will be involved in a parade through the town organised by the Animated Objects theatre company.

The cabinet report also gives the first glimpse at what visitors can expect to see.

It adds: “At the present time the military has committed to bringing the Red Arrows, the Royal Marines Marching Band, various land, air and sea-based assets, 1,000 troops and veterans for the main parade and a full military village for each service.”

All of these events are funded by the military.

On Tuesday, the cabinet will be asked to agree the £557,000 budget for the event.