Skipton — 7 July 2019
Skipton Armed Forces Day 2019
Every year Skipton hold what is known a “Sheep Day” on the first Sunday in July (Skipton means Sheep Town in Anglo Saxon). The footfall is around 18,000 and the entire High Street is closed off for the event.
Last year we held Skipton AFD on the same day as an experiment with Skipton Town Council allocating a large forecourt area in front of the Town Hall for our displays. The experiment was a great success and very well supported by the public who enjoyed themselves integrating with the 5 Regt RA who had provided an excellent display which included vehicles, weaponary, equipment and above all about 30 personnel who were all very engaging.
This year we intend to do exactly the same and 5 Regt have just confirmed they will be honoured to attend the event again.
We also intend to have smaller displays in the adjacent Holy Trinity Church grounds representing the RAF and possibly the Royal Navy.
The Skipton AFD aims to engage with the public such that they can become aware of the Armed Forces and the work it does. It also acts a a recruiting tool although this is a by product, albeit a good one.
Charity buckets will be in abundance with proceeds going towards several forces beneficiaries.
The charity collection is helped by several soldiers challenging themselves on spinning machines.