Town urged to support Armed Forces Day

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Armed Forces Day at Pannett Park''w12701b

Whitby is to host its third Armed Forces Day next month and organisers are crossing their fingers that they can secure a flying visit from the renowned Red Arrows.

The event on Saturday 29 June is being organised by Whitby Town Council together with a small band of enthusiastic members of the public.

This year’s day will be all the more poignant following the shocking murder of off duty drummer Lee Rigby in Woolwich earlier this month and town mayor John Freeman said he hopes the whole town will come out and show their support for our troops.

He said the Red Arrows are performing in Scarborough at their Armed Forces Day on the same day and it is hoped they can make an appearance before they head to the town.

“We are really hoping our request comes to fruition and we do see our beloved Red Arrows rattling over us,” he added.

This year, the Yorkshire Regiment were unable to do a parade due to operational requirements however there are a host of other events taking place at Dock End.

These include the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, displays by cadet forces, a climbing wall, musical entertainment, an air sea rescue display, tanks and other military vehicles, Help For Heroes stall, and wreath laying at the new war memorial.