Scarborough has put itself at the front line of Armed Forces recognition after hosting a “tremendous” tribute to servicemen and women.
The fourth Scarborough Armed Forces Day took place on the South Bay yesterday, attracting more than 10,000 people despite the weather.
Although the day got off to a wet start, a break in the clouds saw the sun shine through for the opening of the event by town crier Alan Booth.
With performances from Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band Scotland, the Band of Yorkshire Volunteers and Scarborough Dance Centre, the day was a lively spectacle and a fitting tribute to the work of Armed Forces personel.
John Anderson, secretary of the Scarborough Branch of the British Legion, said: “The people of Scarborough really look after the Armed Forces. They have tremendous respect for those in the services.
“It is a great honour for Scarborough to host an event like this.”
The day was dedicated to all those serving, past and present, and featured a number of tributes including the presentation of Veterans Badges.
The badges arrived on the South Bay via ‘special delivery’ as they were brought ashore by the Royal Marines who appeared on the waves in Scarborough’s inshore lifeboat.
Throughout the day thousands of people enjoyed visiting stands manned by the Royal Navy, the Royal Air Force, the Royal Marines and Scarborough’s cadet services, as well as a large display on the West Pier by the The 4th Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment – the only detachment of the military with a base in Scarborough.
Major Ken Albon, Officer Commanding of the Headquarter Company 4 Yorks, who lives in Falsgrave, said: “It is a fantastic event. It brings people out from Scarborough and also people come from away to visit the town for the event.
“Its a huge boost for the town too at a time when trade is difficult.
“Its great to see so many people out. Generally the public don’t get a change to talk to us on this level and see what we do, so this is a great chance for that.
“The event also means a lot to us, to know that the public support us.”
Scarborough’s Armed Forces Day, which is organised by Scarborough Council and comes a week before the national event, was set to feature a Free Fall Parachute Display by the Ravens, however due to high winds the drop could not take place.
The show went on though with a Royal Marines Fitness Challenge, the Armed Forces Day Parade, and further performances.
For more pictures and full reports see Thursday’s Scarborough News.