Building upon the success of last year, the 2015 Armed Forces Day event promises to be another spectacular tribute to those who serve and have served in Her Majesty’s Armed Forces. Come and join us as we say thank you to our past, present and future uniformed peronnel.
In our seventh year here at Scarborough, we are paying tribute to veterans of World War Two and 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Please note that due to the 18th month RNLI rebuild site compound, housed on the pier, this area will be used for exhibitor car parking, with the majority of this year’s event activity on Foreshore and Sandside.
ARMED FORCES DAY 2015 HIGHLIGHTS
– Welcome by the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough
– Vintage Village
– Aerosuperbatics Wingwalkers
– RNLI/HMCG Air to Sea Rescue
– RAF Spitfire Display
– Climbing Tower & Assault Course
– Standards & Veterans Parade (organised by Royal British Legion, Scarborough Branch)
– North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue (NYFR) Pipes & Drums Band
– Cadet Forces displays (including gun-run, first aid & drumming displays)
– Yorkshire Volunteers Band
– WWI Commemoration exhibitions
– Flight Simulators – Lancaster Bomber & Red Arrows
– Military vehicles display
– Live entertainment
– Yorkshire COast Radio Road Show (live coverage all day)
– Service of Thanksgiving for the British Armed Forces, led by the Vicar of Scarborough
– A vintage fair courtesy of AdVINTAGEous – a local business that has a passion for everything VINTAGE & COLLECTABLE and it is a passion they love to share with as many people as possible through their vintage fairs.
– A range of vintage military vehicles, 1940’s atmosphere in the vintage Village we have invited vintage tribute singer, Cherie Lawrence who loves nothing more than singing a torch song from World War II which brings a tear to eyes of her audience but is equally adept at getting a crowd dancing and cheering to World War II vintage classics such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.
– By popular demand we have a pipe and drum band for bagpipe enthusiasts – North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Pipes & Drums Band. They will be performing in the Vintage village on Sandside and marching through the crowds to entertain at the civic formal area on Foreshore.
– Visit The Coronia and The Regal Lady – original pleasure steamers berthed at Scarborough harbour, which were requistioned at the start of the Second World War and that took part in Operation Dynamo – assisting in the evacuation of Britihs troops from the beaches of Dunkirk during May and June 1940.
– The Yorkshire Volunteers Band in their 1940s battle dress with shining buttons will open the civic proceedings at 12 noon with a stirring antholog of military marches headed up by Corps of Drums and Bugles.
For daring deeds in the sky, UK based AeroSuperBatics 1940’s bi-planes and their fearless female Wingwalkers.
The wingwalkers will perform a breathtaking sequence of acrobatic manoeuvres and handstands whilst strapped to the top wings of the Boeing Stearman biplanes. The team of pilots, many former RAF fast-jet pilots, fly the aircraft through an energetic routine of dazzling aerobatics and close formation flypasts as the wingwalkers wave at the crowd. These manoeuvres include, loops, rolls, stall turns and even inverted flight!
RNLI/HMCG AIR TO SEA RESCUE
Last year we said a fond farewell to the much loved bright yellow RAF SEAKING helicopter that has made an appearance and demonstrated their rescue skills with the RNLI lifeboat crews for the past six years. The new red and white Sikorsky S-92s search and rescue helicopter on behalf of HM Coastguard has accepted our invitation to carry out a joint demonstration with the Scarborough lifeboat crew.
RAF SPITFIRE DISPLAY
The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) will once again be taking part with a RAF Spitfire display to mark the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain. It is hoped that Spitfire AB910, having undergone a complete refurbishment and a new colour scheme with full invasion stripes, will be displaying over the town’s South Bay.
The invasion stripes of fiver alternating black and white stripes painted on the body and wings of WW2 to avoid mistaken identity and reduce friendly fire incidents in the ensuring aerial battles.
Local cade forces will be at this year’s event complete with information, recruitment and demonstration stands, including:
Sea cadets – band and gun run displays
RAF cadets – survival and first aid demonstrations
Army cadets – cadet challenge