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Scarborough Armed Forces Day 2015 Programme

Vulcan XH558 credit Jamie Hunter


An action packed programme of events awaits the crowds in Scarborough this weekend at the town's seventh annual Armed Forces Day.

The day runs from 10.00am until 5.00pm on Saturday 27 June starting with the opening of the Vintage Village on Sandside and musical accompaniment from Scarborough Fair Organ playing 1940s melodies. The official civic welcome and presentations will take place at 12.00pm at the formal area on Foreshore Road. Also at 10.00am will be the start of this year’s North Sea Yacht Race, officiated by BBC Look North’s Harry Gration.

In a late addition to the programme, the Avro Vulcan XH558, the oldest complete Vulcan in the world, will make its second visit to Scarborough for a final farewell flypast at 1.25pm as part of a national programme of 'Salute the V-Force' appearances to celebrate its very last year of flight.


The day's star attraction will be the world’s only aerobatic formation wingwalking team, the Breitling Wingwalkers, who will take to the skies at 3.30pm to perform a breathtaking sequence of acrobatic manoeuvres while strapped to the top wings of the team's Boeing Stearman 1940s biplanes.

Foreshore Road Programme


10.00am
North Sea Yacht Race start officiated by Harry Gration from BBC Look North

11.00am
RAF Cadets First Aid Demonstration at their stall opposite Gilly's

12.00pm
Event opened by the Yorkshire Volunteers Band
Welcome by the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Tom Fox
Presentations include WW2 Acknowledgment and Veteran’s Badge
Medal of Ushakov with citation by Robert Goodwill MP

12.30pm
Yorkshire Volunteers Band performance

1.00pm
Vintage singer Cherie Lawrence performs WW2 popular songs
RAF Cadets Field Craft Cooking Demonstration at their stall opposite Gilly's

1.25pm
Avro Vulcan XH558 final farewell flypast

2.15pm
RNLI/HMCG Air to Sea Rescue display with commentary

2.30pm
North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Pipe Band performance

2.45pm
RAF Spitfire Display tribute to 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain 

3.00pm
RAF Cadets First Aid Demonstration at their stall opposite Gilly's

3.30pm
Breitling Wingwalkers display on 1940s Boeing Stearman biplanes with commentary

4.10pm
Standards and Veterans Parade muster at Sandside

4.20pm
Standards, Veterans and Uniformed Youth Parade led by WMIK and the 
Yorkshire Volunteers Band 

4.30pm
Review of Parade at the Formal Area

4.40pm
Presentation of AFD Flag with citation

4.45pm
Service of Thanksgiving led by Revd. Martyn Dunning, Vicar of Scarborough

5.00pm
'Three Cheers' for the Armed Forces


Sandside Programme


10.00am
Scarborough Fair Organ plays 1940s melodies as the Vintage Village gets underway

11.30am
Vintage singer Cherie Lawrence performs WW2 popular songs

12.00pm
Scarborough Fair Organ plays 1940s melodies

12.15pm
North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Pipe Band performance

1.00pm
Scarborough Fair Organ plays 1940s melodies

1.30pm
Yorkshire Volunteer Band performance

2.10pm
Sea Cadets Gun Run starting at ASK
Scarborough Fair Organ plays 1940s melodies

3.00pm
Vintage singer Cherie Lawrence performs WW2 popular songs

4.00pm
North Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Pipe band performance

4.30pm
Vintage singer Cherie Lawrence performs WW2 popular songs

Other highlights include: RAF Red Arrows and Lancaster Bomber flight simulators, equipment displays, vintage military vehicles and exhibitors stalls.

All programme timings are approximate and may be subject to change due to adverse weather, alteration or cancellation.

Military families visiting Scarborough on the day are welcome to visit the Heroes Welcome tent opposite the RNLI lifeboat station (adjacent to the seafood stalls) to claim a resort hosting pack, which will contain lots of freebies and special offers (Armed Forces identification will be required).

Armed Forces Day 2015 is sponsored by First Transpennine Express, Ministry of Defence and Scarborough Borough Council.

In the evening of 27 June, many of the visiting Armed Forces personnel and their families will attend a spectacular Last Night of the Proms concert at Scarborough Open Air Theatre, featuring Britain's favourite tenor Alfie Boe and Military Wives Choirs York. The concert has been planned specifically to coincide with Armed Forces Day. More details about the concert and how to purchase tickets can be found at scarboroughopenairtheatre.com

Before the concert at 6pm, Peasholm Park is putting on a special evening display of its famous miniature sea battle, Naval Warfare. Tickets are available at the park from 5pm.

Rowena Marsden, Scarborough Armed Forces Day Manager said:
"Scarborough will be celebrating in true 1940s style this weekend! With many wonderful displays and events taking place in the air and on the ground throughout the day and into the evening, it’s set to be a very special tribute to our Armed Forces and a 'must see' for locals and visitors." 
"I’d like to thank the generosity of partner organisations and local businesses with sponsorship and in kind contributions, and the many volunteers that give up their time to help make Armed Forces Day a success."
To allow the event to go ahead, Foreshore Road and Sandside will be closed in both directions from 7.00am until 7.00pm between Aquarium Top and Luna Park roundabouts including the bottom part of Eastborough (from the Train Shop down to Foreshore Road).

Eastborough car park, West Pier car park and Quay Street car park will also be closed. The diversion route for traffic arriving from the south of Scarborough and wishing to travel to the North Bay or park on Marine Drive will be via Vernon Road, Falconers Road, St Nicholas Street, St Thomas Street, North Marine Road, Peasholm Road, Peasholm Gap and Royal Albert Drive.

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