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Final Countdown to Scarborough's Armed Forces Day

Final Countdown to Scarborough's Armed Forces Day

Published by Jon Burke at 1:48pm 20th June 2019.

The final countdown to the 11th annual Armed Forces Day in Scarborough, one of the biggest annual Armed Forces Day events in the country, is underway.

On Saturday 29 June an action packed programme of events in the air and on the ground awaits the crowds that are expected to flock to the coastal town to pay tribute to the UK Armed Forces and share in the day’s celebrations.

The event runs from 10.00am until 5.00pm starting with a welcome by the Town Crier of the Borough of Scarborough, Mr David Birdsall and Scandinavian bands marching from Foreshore Road to Sandside. At 11.30am, bringing the classic and unforgettable sound of the mighty Merlin engine to the skies above South Bay, will be the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire, the first of the day’s spectacular air displays.

The official civic welcome and presentations will take place between 12.00pm and 1.00pm at the formal area on Foreshore Road, which will include a presentation to Scarborough Sea Cadets to mark their centenary.

At 1.15pm Yorkshire’s own Tucano Display Team from No 72 Squadron based at RAF Linton on Ouse will perform, marking their last ever visit to Scarborough before the Tucano is phased out of service in 2020. It will be the only public display by the aircraft in Yorkshire this year.

At 2.00pm the next aerial spectacle, the Calidus Autogyro, half helicopter and half aeroplane will be in action, piloted by Peter Davies, former winner of the Around the World Air Race.

At 4.00pm the formidable sound of the Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 display flown by Flight Lieutenant Jim Peterson from 29 Squadron at RAF Coningsby will wow the crowds in the last of the day’s thrilling air displays.

The day’s Foreshore Road and major highlights programme in full is:

10.00am         Welcome by Town Crier of the Borough of Scarborough

Scandinavian marching bands steps off from Luna Park

11.00am         RAF cadets first aid demonstration at their stall opposite Gilly’s

11.30am         RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire Display

12.00pm         Civic opening led by the Yorkshire Volunteers Band

                        Welcome by the Deputy Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Roberta                      Swiers

                        Long service and veterans badges presentations

                        Presentation to Scarborough Sea Cadets
                        Scarborough Sea Cadets Centenary Parade

                        Performance by Yorkshire Volunteers Band

1.15pm           RAF Tucano Display                

2.00pm           Calidus Autogyro Display

2.30pm           Scarborough Sea Cadets Gun Run Challenge

3.00pm           RNLI High Powered Manoeuvres Display

4.00pm           RAF Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 Display

4.20pm           Standards, veterans and cadets parade led by Queen's Own Yeomanry                             WMIK and the Yorkshire Volunteers Band

4.30pm           Review of parade at the Formal Area

4.40pm           Presentation of Armed Force Day Flag to Mr Frank West, Royal Navy veteran, with citation

4.45pm           Service of Thanksgiving led by Revd Richard Walker and Revd Pam                                   Jennings

5.00pm           ‘Three cheers’ for the Armed Forces


The day’s Sandside programme in full is:


10.00am         AdVintageous Vintage Village gets underway

                        Scarborough Fair Organ plays 1940s melodies near Ask


10.20am         Performances by Scandinavian marching youth bands


11.00am         Scarborough Fair Organ plays 1940s melodies near Ask


12.00pm         Yorkshire Volunteers Band and Scarborough Sea Cadets Centenary

Parade step off towards Formal Area

Scarborough Fair Organ plays 1940s melodies near Ask

Military Vehicle Trust static display


2.30pm           Performance by Yorkshire Volunteers Band


4.10pm           Standards, veterans and cadets parade muster outside Golden                                            Grid


4.20pm           Standards, veterans and cadets parade step off from Sandside led by                                 Queen's Own Yeomanry WMIK and the Yorkshire Volunteers Band


4.30pm           Scarborough Fair Organ plays 1940s melodies near Ask

The vintage military themed village on Sandside will evoke the nostalgic sights, sounds and smells of war time Britain. People will be able to take a step back in time and experience some wonderful examples of the vehicles, entertainment and services associated with the First and Second World Wars and a wide variety of stalls from the finest purveyors of vintage goods.

On West Pier there will be a military climbing wall, Eden Camp Museum exhibits and interactive military displays and vehicles, including Barnsley Air Comrades Association with their mortar gun, which will fire at regular intervals throughout the day.

The Scarborough Fair Collection will be exhibiting on Vincent Pier, including their World War One Thornycroft J-Type truck.

In the harbour area, there will be living history tours of The Regal Lady, which took part in the evacuation of Dunkirk, known as Operation Dynamo.

Adjacent to Foreshore Road, on the tarmac area between St Nicholas Gardens and Blands Cliff, there will be two military tanks and an Airsoft Rifle Range.

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 the RNLI lifeboat house to claim a resort hosting pack, which will contain lots of freebies and special offers for refreshments and local attractions (Armed Forces identification will be required).

Armed Forces Day 2019 is sponsored by the Ministry of Defence and South Bay Traders Association with support from Scarborough Borough Council and local businesses.

Chairman of Scarborough Armed Forces Day Committee, Tom Fox, said:

“For the eleventh year running we have pulled out all the stops to put on a truly wonderful Armed Forces Day for Scarborough and the thousands of visitors that come to the town specifically for the event. With spectacular air displays and a range of activities, parades, interactive exhibits and stalls on the ground, it is set to be a really enjoyable day out for all the family and a fitting tribute to our Armed Forces.

I’d like to thank the generosity of our sponsors as well as our partner organisations and local businesses for their support and in kind contributions and all those that give up their time to help make Armed Forces Day a success.”

The counter terrorism initiative, Project Servator, will be in operation for the event. Scarborough Borough Council will be working in partnership with North Yorkshire Police to ensure everyone has a safe and enjoyable time. The council’s security teams and the police will have a range of security measure in place, some more visible than others, to keep people safe. Members of the public can play a vital role by being vigilant and reporting anything suspicious by calling 101 and speaking to a police officer or member of security.

To allow Armed Forces Day to go ahead, the following enhanced road and car park closures will be in place:


·           From 12pm (noon) on Friday 28 June to 9pm on Saturday 29 June West Pier car park will be closed

·           From 6pm on Friday 28 June to 9pm on Saturday 29 June Eastborough and Quay Street car parks will be closed

·           From 5am to 9pm on Saturday 29 June, road closures will apply to Marine Drive between Toll House and the Yorkshire Water pumping station, Sandside, Foreshore Road, Eastborough below Globe Street, East Sandgate and Blands Cliff

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.

Details about Armed Forces Day can be found at scarborougharmedforcesday.co.uk and discoveryorkshirecoast.com


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