Armed Forces Day: Schedule of events unveiled as Scarborough prepares to host national celebration

Scarborough’s hosting of a National Armed Forces Day in 2020 has been postponed; instead, the Red Arrows flew over to pay tribute to the armed forces. (Photo: MoD/Crown copyright)

The city is expected to welcome thousands of spectators to see RAF aerobatic displays over the South Bay as part of the national Armed Forces Day event on Saturday June 25.

The celebrations kick off from 10am with highlights including displays from the Red Arrows, the RAF Falcons Parachute Team, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and an RAF Typhoon.

The day of events will be joined by pop-up displays from the Yorkshire Regiment Band, the Yorkshire Volunteer Band and the Royal Navy/Royal Marines Unarmed Combat Display.

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Previous Armed Forces Day celebrations in Scarborough.

The event, which attracts over 200,000 people and VIPs including the Prime Minister, was due to take place over the summers of 2020 and 2021 but has been postponed twice due to the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic.

The celebrations will then end with a spectacular performance by Her Majesty’s Band of Royal Marines Collingwood.

A number of events will take place on the Yorkshire coast in Scarborough, Whitby and Filey in the week leading up to the main celebration.

Armed Forces Day is a national observance and public show of support for those currently serving in the Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force as well as veterans, reservists and their families.

Sea Cadets from Scarborough with the Royal Marines at the launch event.

The celebrations begin from Monday, June 20 when the Armed Forces Day flag is raised across the country.

Military Football Games – 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Scarborough Sports Village

Royal Navy Flag Raising – 10am-11am Scarborough

British Army and Children’s Parade – 10am-11am in Whitby

Royal Air Force Flag Raising – 10am to 11am at Filey

Filey Children’s Parade – 1:30pm to 2pm at Filey Seafront

• Thursday 23 June, from 10 a.m. to 10:45 p.m.

Scarborough Children’s Parade – 10am-10.45pm at South Bay Beach

Naval Warfare – 6pm at Peasholm Park

Franki Valli Concert – 6 p.m. at the Open Air Theater (tickets required)

The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood – 7:30pm at Scarborough Spa (tickets required)

Schedule of Armed Forces Day events in Scarborough

• 10:00 a.m. – Armed Forces Day opens in South Bay

• 10:30 a.m. – RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team on South Bay Beach

• 11:00 a.m. – Departure of the military parade in North and South Bay

• 11:25 am – Parade Salute and flypast of RN Merlin, Wildcat and Navy Wings Seafire in South Bay

• 00:10 – Soldiers of Swing music show in South Bay

• 12:35 a.m. – Musical performance by the York Military Wives Choir in South Bay

• 1pm – RAF Red Arrows Display Team at South Bay

• 14:00 – RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight including Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire at South Bay

• 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. – Esports Gaming at Scarborough Spa

• 2:00 p.m. – Joint military presentation at the Scarborough Spa Theater

• 2:30 p.m. – RN Wildcat exhibition in South Bay

• 2:40 p.m. – Soldiers of Swing music show in South Bay

• 3:00 p.m. – Navy Wings Exhibition Reliant Stinson in South Bay

• 3.10pm – The Yorkshire Corps of Drums in South Bay

• 3:40 p.m. – Musical performance by the York Military Wives Choir in South Bay

• 4:30 p.m.: RAF Typhoon display at South Bay

• 5:00 p.m. – Sunset ceremony, closing prayers and three cheers for the armed forces in South Bay