National Armed Forces Day in Scarborough this summer postponed

The national Armed Forces Day event which had been due to take place in Scarborough later this year has been officially postponed.

Monday, 23rd March 2020, 2:36 pm
Updated Monday, 23rd March 2020, 2:36 pm

The celebration, scheduled for June 27, will now take place at a date that has not yet been determined following the Covid-19 coronavirus crisis.

A Scarborough Council spokesman said that the extra pressure placed on the authority and its colleagues in the emergency and public services meant that the “planning and staging of such a significant national event” was not possible.

Cllr Tony Randerson, the council’s Armed Forces Day champion, said: “While I am sure you will be as disappointed as we are, you will understand the reason why this decision has been taken and for the need for the services to be focusing their attentions on the current exceptional issues facing the country.

Armed Forces Day in Scarborough in 2019. Picture: JPI Media/ Richard Ponter

“We’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in working towards the event so far and ask for patience while we work with the Ministry of Defence to consider future options.

“In the meantime, I wish you all well over this difficult period.”

The Red Arrows were among the attractions lined up for the event.

Other events confirmed to take place during the week of the celebration included a children’s parade involving 20 local schools, a gala dinner, and a live music concert at the Scarborough Open Air Theatre.