Crowds will flock to the Yorkshire coast this weekend for a big celebration in support of Britain’s armed forces.
The Scarborough North and South Bay areas are expected to be packed as the resort proudly hosts the national Armed Forces Day 2022 event on Saturday June 25. Armed Forces Day is an opportunity to show support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community, from serving troops to serving families, veterans and cadets.
This year’s event is expected to attract up to 200,000 people to the resort town. Highlights will include flypasts from the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, including the Lancaster Bomber; and three Royal Navy warships.
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Events are taking place this week in preparation for Armed Forces Day, as the station prepares for the grand occasion, which will include flying shows, live music, presentations and concerts. A side event will take place in Cleethorpes, with many planes flying to the seaside resort on the south bank of the Humber.
What is National Armed Forces Day?
Armed Forces Day is an annual event celebrated at the end of June to commemorate the service of men and women in the British Armed Forces. It is a celebration of the past and present contributions of those who have served. It is also an opportunity for the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force to put on exciting displays of their skills, promote the three services to potential new recruits and showcase the work of sponsors, charities and support organizations connected.
When is Armed Forces Day in Scarborough?
The national event will take place on Saturday, June 25, opening at 10 a.m., with a full schedule of events throughout the day. Events, including a flag raising by the Royal Navy and a children’s parade, will precede the day itself; it will also be followed by a church service at St Mary’s in Scarborough on Sunday June 26.
What happens on Armed Forces Day?
Military parades, musical performances and static displays will all be part of the celebration, which is expected to draw around 200,000 people to the seaside town. The RAF Falcons parachute team will land on South Bay beach in the morning at around 10.30am before a military parade which will take off from the North and South bays at 11am.
Contextual displays during the day will be offered by the Yorkshire Regiment Band, the Yorkshire Volunteer Band and the Royal Navy/Royal Marines Unarmed Combat Display Team. There will be a Miniature Naval Warfare exhibit in the Battle of Peasholm Park, Peasholm Park.
When will the aerial demonstrations take place?
At 11:25 a.m., a parade salute is to coincide with a flypast by the Royal Navy’s Merlin Mk2 and Wildcat helicopters, and the Navy Wings charity Seafire.
The RAF Red Arrows display team are due to launch a series of spectacular aerial displays in the afternoon at 1pm, with a 20-minute aerobatic display over the South Bay. The Avro Lancaster, Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will fly overhead at 2:00 p.m., followed by a demonstration by the Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter at 2:30 p.m.
A demonstration of the Royal Navy Stinson Reliant will take place at 3:00 p.m. before a demonstration of the Royal Navy Seafire at 3:30 p.m. At 4 p.m., the power and roar of the RAF Typhoon’s twin EJ200 RR engines and its precision for loops and tight turns will bring the aerial display program to a memorable close.
What else can you see?
The Royal Navy Dive Team and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Vehicle will be in attendance and the British Army will display its high mobility weapons platform, Jackal 2; the RAF will offer a Typhoon flight experience in its facsimile aircraft. Some of the best military hardware from all three services will be on display while in the bay itself will be the Royal Navy Type 23 Duke Class Frigate and the Tide Class Royal Fleet Auxiliary.
BFBS will host an esports exhibition tournament at Scarborough Spa between 2-4pm. Teams from local schools, colleges, cadets and the community will compete against Army, Navy and RAF esports teams in Rocket League Quick Matches.
Along the waterfront there will be plenty of stalls and displays from charities, sponsors and support organizations including Heroes Welcome. After a closing ceremony at 5 p.m., the celebrations will continue into the evening with concerts at the Scarborough Spa and the Scarborough Open Air Theatre.
How much does it cost to attend?
Armed Forces Day is free.
How can I get there?
Those arriving by car are encouraged to use the Park & Ride facilities where possible – these are at Filey Road and Seamer Road, plus there will be a new temporary Park & Ride site free open day on the playgrounds between St Leonard’s Crescent and the old railway line from Scarborough to Whitby, off Barrowcliff Road (postcode for Sat Navs, YO12 6SR).
Traffic arriving from the south along the A165 towards Bridlington/Hull should be aware of the closures of Marine Drive, Royal Albert Drive, Foreshore Road and Sandside; they will be directed to the main arteries A64 – York, A170 – Whitby. Arriva, Coastliner and EYMS buses will operate on routes to and from Scarborough.
Due to industrial action scheduled for Saturday June 25, no trains will be running to or from Scarborough. On the day of the event, all veterans can use the Central Tramway Funicular for free – the Central Tramway is a Victorian cliff lift built in 1881 and is one of the oldest cliff railways still in operation in the UK .
Once activities conclude around 6 p.m., exhibits and displays will be dismantled and gradually removed from the site, with road closures remaining in place. Exit routes will be clearly marked throughout the city.
Where can I find more information?
You can find out more about Armed Forces Day, including program details, planning your visit, road closures and all the latest updates, at scarborougharmedforcesday.co.uk