Hundreds turn out to pay tribute to forces

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A sunset ceremony was the emotional end to a “fantastic” event as Whitby hosted its third armed forces day on Saturday.

It was hailed a success by organisers, Whitby Town Council, despite the planned live music act pulling out the night before.

Local band, The Pier, stepped in to save the day as crowds flocked to Dock End for a day packed with family activities, fly pasts and tributes and celebrations of our armed forces past and present.

Whitby’s service veterans were joined by the youth of today, Whitby’s Air cadets, for a parade in front of the town mayor, Cllr Heather Coughlan who inspected the troops before the day’s events got underway.

There was also a beer tent this year, which had created concern from the police but passed off without event.

Town clerk, Pam Dobson told the Gazette: “In terms of the amount of people who were there and the weather - it was absolutely fantastic. We seemed to be packed all day.

“We must say a big thankyou to The Pier who provided us with some live music.

“It was so good of them to step in and help us out at what was the last minute. We want them to come back and perform for us next year on the town table.”

The biggest crowd puller and pleaser was the flypasts from the Tucano, an RAF Vulcan and the Battle of Britain Memorial flight.

Ms Dobson added: “The Tucano came so low down over Dock End we could wave at them and they waved back.

“Because of the air display the Battle of Britain flight was limited to what it could do - but you only need to hear it.

“We were told that the Vulcan, because it had been at Scarborough could only fly past but he banked the aircraft and it was silhouetted in the sky. It was very moving - the fly pasts always are.”

As the day drew to a close, the Last Post was sounded at a sunset ceremony with officers from RAF Fylingdales.

See page 27 for a round up of pictures from the day.