Whitby pays tribute to our Armed Forces

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Armed Forces Day at Pannett Park''w12701b

Whitby will honour Armed Forces past and present on Saturday June 29 when the town joins the rest of the country in staging its own celebrations.

A host of events will take place from 10am until 5pm at Dock End - close to where the town’s new War Memorial stands.

Organisers of the Armed Forces Day in Whitby had hoped to secure a visit from the Red Arrows who were going to perform a flypast on their way to Scarborough’s own celebrations but this was not possible.

However, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will perform a flypast at around 2.50pm subject to the weather, while the Sea King helicopter from RAF Leconfield will make an appearance between 4.30pm and 4.45pm.

Councillor Sean Rixham-Smith, chairman of Whitby Town Council’s Armed Forces Day Working Party said: “Everything seems to be running smoothly. Unfortunately the Red Arrows won’t be making a brief appearance but the memorial flight is still on and the helicopter will do something and there will be stalls and various bits and bobs.

“We are looking forward to it. There is a lot or organising and running around to do before tomorrow but it will be a good afternoon.

“There has been a lot of hard work from a small group of people and we are quite pleased with it.

“It’s nice we can do something for Armed Forces Day.”

Whitby’s mayor Coun John Freeman will officially open the celebrations at 10am which will be followed by displays from the Esk Valley Concert Orchestra and Whitby’s Air Cadets who will also be doing displays later in the day.

At 11am a service will be led by Canon David Smith at the War Memorial.

Other highlights on the day will include various stalls, a Zumba display from Whitby Leisure Centre and karate displays, a steam organ, stalls, a climbing wall, falconry display and barbecue.

For more on Armed Forces Day see your Whitby Gazette on Friday June 28 for special 16 page supplement.