Whitby salutes armed forces

Armed Forces Day service at Pannett Park''Air Cadets in line for the service with whitby Abbey in the background'''w122701c

Armed Forces Day service at Pannett Park''Air Cadets in line for the service with whitby Abbey in the background'''w122701c

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That blitz spirit was very much still evident in Pannett Park last weekend as driving rain topped off what had been a successful day in Whitby to pay tribute to the country’s armed forces.

It was the second year that Whitby Town Council has hosted an Armed Forces Day event with more attractions and stalls on offer than last year.

Armed Forces Day service at Pannett Park''The service held on the veranda of the museum'''w122701b

Armed Forces Day service at Pannett Park''The service held on the veranda of the museum'''w122701b

The day started with music, drums and drills, a fancy dress competition and games for children as well as a climbing wall and barbecue.

But the highlight of the day was the parade through the park with the Air Cadets who were inspected by the Mayor Of Whitby and a short service followed by a spectacular flypast from a Spitfire aircraft.

Prayers were led by the Rev David Smith who gave special mention to Whitby’s own fallen heroes Corporal Damian Lawrence and Craftsman Andrew Found.

Coun Freeman also addressed the crowds of people who attended the event in Pannett Park and then everyone joined for the national anthem.

Armed Forces Day service at Pannett Park''Mayor John Freeman inspects the cadets before the service'''w122701a

Armed Forces Day service at Pannett Park''Mayor John Freeman inspects the cadets before the service'''w122701a

Afterwards he said: “A small band did a brilliant job. Even the weather did its monsoon best to stop us. It staggered us but it was that Henry Cooper blow that didn’t quite knock us out.

“The cadets were fabulous. I was talking to youngsters who had been in the cadets less than two months and they did a superb job. I’m really, really proud of them.”

Armed Forces Day service at Pannett Park''Colin Winspear attends the service adorned with medals''w122701g

Armed Forces Day service at Pannett Park''Colin Winspear attends the service adorned with medals''w122701g

Armed Forces Day service at Pannett Park''Veterans display their medals and carry flags during the service'''w122701f

Armed Forces Day service at Pannett Park''Veterans display their medals and carry flags during the service'''w122701f

Armed Forces Day service at Pannett Park''A veteran strolls through the park after the service''w122701r

Armed Forces Day service at Pannett Park''A veteran strolls through the park after the service''w122701r

Armed Forces Day service at Pannett Park''The Spitfire flies over Whitby''w122701n

Armed Forces Day service at Pannett Park''The Spitfire flies over Whitby''w122701n

Armed Forces Day service at Pannett Park''A man removes his hat to listen to the service in Pannett Park'''w122701m

Armed Forces Day service at Pannett Park''A man removes his hat to listen to the service in Pannett Park'''w122701m