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Scarborough Armed Forces Day Website Launches

Scarborough Armed Forces Day Website Launches

Published by Matthew Pells at 6:01am 3rd December 2019.

A dedicated website has launched with information about the national Armed Forces Day event in Scarborough next June.

Scarborough has a long history of holding it's own local Armed Forces Day event but in 2020 the town will stage the national event, the scale of which is going to exceed anything the town has experienced for many years.

Last year's national event in Salisbury saw 27,000 people attend the main event with thousands more lining the streets for the big military parade. The 2018 event in Llandudno attracted around 100,000 people to the town.

While Scarborough’s Armed Forces Day normally attracts in the region of 20,000 people, the council says hosting the higher profile national event could well bring in as many as 100,000 visitors to the town.

Scarborough was chosen to host the national event in June 2018 after submitting a bid which was described by the MOD as “outstanding”.

The event will take place on June 27th 2020 and will see a large programme of events taking place on the day and in the build up to the event. It's expected that military hardware will be on display on Marine Drive potentially including tanks and helicopters. It's also expected that there will be a number of air displays and potential visits from Royal Navy vessels.

In previous years the national events have also been attended by members of the Royal Family and the Prime Minister.

The new dedicated website will include details about all the events taking place as part of the event.

AFD Events

The Borough Council say they hope to hold concerts at the Open Air Theatre during Armed Forces week and on the itself and whilst still to be finalised there will be various events taking place throughout the week.

Many of the events are being worked on jointly by the Council and Animated Objects who are engaging with all local school children throughout the Borough. The work done with the local schools will be on display through the letter writing and reminiscence projects and also at a planned Children’s Parade.

The new website includes an interactive map which currently has information about the planned road closures for the event and which gives some understanding of just how big the event will be, showing a large section of the seafront being used for the various displays and exhibitions.


The interactive map will be updated over the coming months to include more details about events and activities. The new website also includes a detailed list of events which are already planned and will be regularly updated to provide a full guide to the event.

Stuart Clark - who's the council's Operation and Events Manager - has been talking about the enormity of the event.

There is also information on the website for local residents and business that will be affected by the required road closures.



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JohnfromScarborough, on 3rd December 2019 4:24pm
The Albion Road car park is shown in the map as being open for business for this event . Is this guaranteed? Having it ready for Armed Forces Day would certainly concentrate minds so let's hope it is a that it can be open for the summer season having been closed for the past two summers.

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