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Red Arrows Perform Flypast In Scarborough

Red Arrows Perform Flypast In Scarborough

Published by Karen Liu at 12:02am 27th June 2020. (Updated at 10:51am 27th June 2020)

The Red Arrows performed a flypast in Scarborough this morning.

On a day when Scarborough should have been hosting the Armed Forces Day National Event if the coronavirus pandemic hadn’t occurred, the distinctive Hawk fast-jets flew over the coast as the Armed Forces Day flag was flown proudly at a short ceremonial service at Scarborough Castle.

The Red Arrows say hello to Scarborough on what would have been the Armed Forces Day National event! Did you get a picture?

Posted by Yorkshire Coast Radio on Saturday, 27 June 2020

The RAF Flight plan showed the jets passing over Scarborough at 09:50 and Whitby at 09:55.

The service will be attended by a small number of personnel from all three Armed Forces and senior representatives from Scarborough Borough Council.

English Heritage is proud to host the special service in advance of Scarborough Castle reopening to the public on Saturday 4 July.

The service will be recorded and then shown online at 1pm at scarborougharmedforcesday.co.uk. People should log on to see whether the team manages to capture the Red Arrow fly-past on camera too.

Cllr Tony Randerson, Scarborough Borough Council cabinet member with responsibility for the Armed Forces Day National Event in Scarborough, which will now take place in June 2021, said:

“Today’s flypast is a wonderful surprise and I would like to thank the RAF for arranging to include the Yorkshire coast in the route.

The Red Arrows’ fitting tribute to our Armed Forces marks the end of a week where we’ve celebrated their invaluable contribution to our nation virtually, with a wide range of online content from veterans, serving Armed Forces personnel and local children, groups and organisations.

I would also like to thank English Heritage staff at Scarborough Castle for hosting the flag raising ceremony, which gives us the opportunity, albeit in a much smaller way, to formally salute our Armed Forces.

“We look forward to next year when we will be able to come together physically for the national celebration.

Planning is already underway for a spectacular occasion to make Scarborough, our county and our country, very proud.” 

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, said:

“Whether you’re a regular, a reservist, a civilian contractor, a veteran, or the family and friends who support our military in so many ways, we as a nation salute you.

We know that – day and night, at home and abroad, at sea, on land, in the air and even in space and online – our fantastic Armed Forces are there for us.  

And it’s for all that and more, that I’m proud to salute our Armed Forces.” 

Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said:

“The last year has been a busy one for our servicemen and servicewomen of the UK Armed Forces.

Their professionalism, commitment and versatility have rarely been more evident than during the pandemic.

The Armed Forces community cannot celebrate in person this year, so we are doing our best to show you through social media who our people are, what they do, and how you can show your support.” 

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