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.
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.
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.”