Saturday 24 June 2017

Armed Forces Day

Scarborough — 27 June 2015

Scarborough’s 7th Armed Forces Day

10:00 am to 5:00 pm
33 Foreshore Road,

In our seventh year here at Scarborough we are paying tribute to veterans of World War Two and the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The FREE event starts at 10.00 with Harry Gration (from BBC Look North) officiating the start of the North Sea Yacht Race from Scarborough harbour and the opening of Vintage Sandside.

To create a nostalgic 1940’s atmosphere 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.

Visit The Coronia and The Regal Lady – original pleasure steamers berthed at Scarborough harbour, which were requisitioned at the start of the Second World War and that took part in Operation Dynamo – assisting in the evacuation of British 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 anthology of military marches headed up by Corps of Drums.

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 Southbay.

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.

For daring deeds in the sky we have UK based AeroSuperBatics 1940’s bi-planes and their fearless female Wingwalkers giving a 15minutes display over the south bay which is a great amphitheatre and great for photographers.

Scarborough is the home of the Heroes Welcome initiative which has been adopted by many towns and cities to ensure service personnel and their families receive a warm welcome and some extra special treatment.

Highlights include:
Civic welcome by the Mayor of the Borough Of Scarborough, Standards, Veterans and Cadets Parade, military presentations and service of Remembrance.
Military recruiting, vehicles and exhibits, Flight Simulators – Lancaster Bomber and Red Arrows, Military charity and welfare stalls, Beach Military assault course and adventure activities PLUS all activities previously mentioned.

The full extent of South Bay will be utilised giving a one mile event area – so wear comfy shoes! In addition to the event activities there are over 100 local businesses offering traditional seaside entertainment, cafes and restaurants, speed boat trips, and much more. Join us for the day, the weekend or even the week!

Booking accommodation service: 01723 383636

Parking directions and information about FREE lift travel & mobility scooters for Veterans, see directions tab on


Monday 22 June Flying the Flag Ceremony, Scarborough Town Hall Gardens

Join us at the Town Hall Gardens for this outdoor public ceremony hosted by the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough to mark the start of Armed Forces Week. We will raise the Special AFD flag and host 2Yorks Corps of Drums with Honour Guard on their return from Cyprus.

Friday 26 June Firework Spectacular Concert “We’ll Meet Again”

The Legendary Scarborough Spa Orchestra kicks off Armed Forces Weekend in style. Join the last remaining professional seaside orchestra for an evening of popular music and song in tribute to the Armed Forces and those on the Home Front during Britain’s war years. This sensational evening of music will be rounded off by a spectacular fireworks display.

Saturday 27 June Naval Warfare – unique miniature sea battle at18.00

Witness the smallest manned navy in the world as shown on both BBC and ITV with scaled models of the vessels which took part in the Battle of the River Plate.
A unique attraction that could be the longest running show of all time with the first performance held in 1927 and with aircraft added to the show in 1960. Lots of fun and a jolly good battle. Furthermore everyone lives to fight another day!

Saturday 27 June “Last Night at the Proms” with Alfie Boe

Complete your Scarborough Armed Forces Day experience with Britain’s favourite tenor, Alfie Boe who will take centre stage at Scarborough Open Air Theatre as part of a spectacular Last Night of the Proms concert also featuring Military Wives Choirs York.

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