Red Arrows set to grace the skies above Whitby during fun weekend

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Celebrations in honour of Armed Forces past, present and future get under way this weekend in Whitby.

Events take place throughout the day on Saturday June 29 in Dock End, Endeavour Wharf and the railway station car park following the town mayor’s official welcome at 10am to start the proceedings.

Coun Rixham-Smith said: “Hopefully it will be a great family day out and it will attract a lot of people and we can raise some money for charity.”

The iconic Red Arrows “intend” to grace the skies above Whitby, according to organisers of the town’s Armed Forces Day.

Enquiries have been made to allow the aerial display team to fly over the town on their way to large-scale celebrations in Scarborough.

The team has agreed to do a flypast, however the appearance is subject to operational circumstances.

It is hoped the flypast will take place in the early afternoon, at approximately 2pm.

Whitby’s third Armed Forces Day is being organised by the town council together with a small band of enthusiastic members of the public.

Besides the possible appearance of the Red Arrows, there is set to be another spectacle in the sky, as a procession of wartime planes is planning to fly over Whitby.

It is hoped a Spitfire, a Lancaster Bomber and a Hurricane will soar above the town at approximately 3pm, subject to weather conditions.,

This year, the Yorkshire Regiment were unable to do a parade due to operational requirements, however there are a host of other events taking place at Dock End.

Esk Valley Concert Orchestra will provide musical entertainment with two 45-minute sets, beginning at 10am and 12noon.

Also making a double appearance for Armed Forces Day is the Air Cadets Corps which will carry out drum and drill displays at 10.45-11am and from 1.15-1.45pm.

At 11am a service will take place at the new war memorial plinth, led by Canon D Smith. Other activities include a Zumba display by Whitby Leisure Centre at 11.30-11.45am, karate displays at 1pm and 2.30pm and an air sea rescue display by RAF Leconfield Sea King Helicopter at 4.30-4.45pm.

There will also be various stalls, a barbecue, climbing wall and steam organ and falconry displays throughout the day, from 10am-5pm.