Scarborough to celebrate AFD 10th anniversary

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Thousands of spectators are expected to visit the Yorkshire coast town of Scarborough on Saturday 30 June to celebrate its 10th anniversary Armed Forces Day celebrations.

Scarborough first held an Armed Forces Day event in 2009 and the event has grown in size, ambition and reputation ever since, attracting the very best air, sea and land displays and exhibits, including two displays from the famous RAF Red Arrows.

It will be all eyes to the sky again this year for two spectacular aerial displays. The world renowned Blades Aeronautical Display Team, made up entirely of former RAF Red Arrows pilots, and the Muscle Biplane from Rich Goodwin Airshows will perform high energy and awe inspiring aerobatics. Completing the aerial line up will be a flypast from an RAF Dakota.

The day’s programme will also include an RNLI air to sea rescue training exercise, Scarborough Sea Cadets gun run challenge against a visiting team from Northampton Sea Cadet Corps, music and marching from the Yorkshire Corps of Drums and Yorkshire Volunteer Band. There will also be a vintage fair with themed music and vintage vehicles and military adventure park and military displays.

Cllr Tom Fox, Chair of the Armed Forces Day steering group said:

"On behalf of Scarborough Borough Council, we are very proud and pleased to have the opportunity to host an Armed Forces Day and the support of the Ministry of Defence. This year we will be remembering the centenary year of the end of World War One and marking the 100th birthday of the Royal Air Force with tributes, special exhibits and music.

"We have strong links with the military, particularly the Yorkshire Regiment, who will be joining us this year with a new ‘meet and greet’ project that gives people the chance to mingle and chat with soldiers about their work and experiences. The free event is a great way for residents and visitors to show their support for the magnificent work the Armed Forces do for us, to honour and thank them."

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Picture of Muscle Biplane. Picture credit: Rich Goodwin Airshows