Red Arrows to fly in for Armed Forces Day

w073304h The Red Arrows display for Whitby Regatta weekend, in 2007. Photo by Doug Jackson
w073304h The Red Arrows display for Whitby Regatta weekend, in 2007. Photo by Doug Jackson

Scarborough’s Armed Forces Day this summer will feature a spectacular air display by The Red Arrows.

The most recognisable aerobatics display team in the world will be showing off its trademark flying skills on Saturday 29 June.

An air display by RAF Typhoon fighter planes will also take place, along with a display by RAF Tutor aircraft and a flypast involving the historic Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane aircraft which make up the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

In more aerial entertainment to be staged during Armed Forces Day, Scarborough will be treated to a Sea King helicopter flypast and a display by the Ravens parachute team.

Meanwhile on the ground, there will be performances by the renowned Military Wives Choir, a veterans’ parade, a special beach boot camp and dozens of stalls and activities for all the family.

Cllr Tom Fox, leader of Scarborough Council and chairman of Scarborough’s Armed Forces Day steering group, said: “To secure The Royal Air Force Red Arrows is a huge coup for Scarborough and shows how highly regarded nationally our Armed Forces Day celebrations have become.

“It’s difficult to predict the number of people that will attend, but we anticipate there will be many thousands on the seafront over the course of the day if the weather is good, which would be an enormous show of support for our Armed Forces personnel.

“As we have done every year since the very first Armed Forces Day in 2009, we want to raise awareness of their outstanding contribution to the wellbeing of this country and say thank you to those men and women from the Armed Forces community, including serving personnel and their families, veterans and the town’s cadet forces, for all that they do.”

John Anderson, president of the Scarborough branch of the Royal British Legion, said he was delighted with the plans.

He commented: “It promises to be another fantastic day for the people of Scarborough.

“Scarborough Council continues the tradition of improving year on year their commitment to our armed forces past, present and future.”

Mr Anderson added that he was very impressed with the range and number of events and attractions taking place on the day.

He continued: “I’m hoping that it will be just as successful as previous years, if not more so.

“The Red Arrows will be a magnificent draw and we’re all looking forward to it.”

Mr Anderson, who is also a member of the Armed Forces Day committee, said a lot of work is going on behind the scenes and will continue to do so on the run-up to the big day.

In recent years, The Red Arrows have been a regular fixture at Whitby Regatta, drawing in huge crowds each year.

The event has also featured a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight with Spitfire and Hurricane fighter planes, which has also proved hugely popular.

This year’s Armed Forces Day in Scarborough is being hosted and organised by Scarborough Borough Council and Welcome to Yorkshire in partnership with the Royal Air Force, Heroes Welcome scheme, South Bay Traders Association and Royal British Legion, with financial support from the Ministry of Defence and the borough council.

For further information, please contact the Tourism Bureau on (01723) 383636 or email tourismbureau@scarborough.gov.uk