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The final countdown Scarbrorough Armed Forces Day

Thousands of people from all over the country are expected to flock to the Yorkshire coast town of Scarborough on Saturday 25 June for this year’s prestigious Armed Forces Day national event.

Scarborough’s celebration of the nation’s Armed Forces – the Royal Navy, British Army and Royal Air Force (RAF), will be a dazzling spectacle of the very best displays and activities on the water, on land and in the skies.

The opening display at 10.30am will be a daring demonstration of freefall and canopy skills by the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.

The pomp, ceremony, precision and riot of colour of the Armed Forces Day parade along the seafront will follow. Taking part will be serving personnel, marching bands, veterans, standard bearers and cadets.

At 11.25am the parade salute will coincide with a flypast of the Royal Navy Merlin Mk2 and Wildcat helicopters, and the Navy Wings charity’s Seafire.

Spectacular air displays will continue throughout the afternoon. At 1pm the pilots of the RAF Aerobatic Team, the Red Arrows, will take their distinctive red Hawk jets to the skies for 20 minutes to wow the crowds with their legendary formations and mind blowing aeronautical skills.

The Avro Lancaster, Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will fly over at 2pm, followed by a display from the Royal Navy Wildcat helicopter at 2.30pm.

A display from the Royal Navy Stinson Reliant will take place at 3.00pm before a display by the Royal Navy Seafire at 3.30pm. 

At 4pm the might and roar of the RAF Typhoon’s twin EJ200 R-R engines and its precision for tight loops and turns will bring the air display programme to a memorable close. 

Elsewhere, a visit to the West Pier in South Bay will be a must, to see some of the best military hardware from all three services. In the bay will be the Royal Navy Type 23 Duke Class Frigate and Tide Class Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

On the pier will be the Royal Navy dive team and explosive ordnance disposal vehicle. The British Army will show off its high mobility weapons platform, Jackal 2, while the RAF will offer a Typhoon flying experience in its facsimile aircraft. Budding pilots will also be able to experience a ‘day in the life of the RAF’ with a nine minutes long high-tempo interactive experience.

All three services will also have individual military villages on Marine Drive.

BFBS will host an esports exhibition tournament at Scarborough Spa between 2pm and 4pm. Teams from local schools, colleges, cadets and the community will compete against teams from the Army, Navy and RAF esport teams, in fast-paced Rocket League matches.

Along the seafront there will be many different stalls and displays from charities, sponsors and supporting organisations, including Heroes Welcome, which will have information about local businesses offering a service up grade, special acknowledgement or discount to Armed Forces personnel and their families. 

After a closing ceremony at 5pm, the celebrations will continue into the evening with concerts at Scarborough Spa and Scarborough Open Air Theatre.


Saturday 25 June 2022

The full timetable of the day is:

10.00am   Event opens

10.30am   RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team – South Bay beach

11.00am   Military parade step offs – North and South Bay

11.25am   Parade salute accompanied by flypast of Royal Navy Merlin, Wildcat and Navy Wings Seafire – South Bay formal area

12.10pm   Soldiers of Swing music performance – South Bay formal area

12.35pm   York Military Wives Choir music performance – South Bay – formal area

1.00pm     RAF Aerobatic Team, Red Arrows – South Bay

1.30pm    The Yorkshire Corps of Drums – South Bay formal area

2.00pm    RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Display (Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire) – South Bay

2pm to 4pm    Esports gaming – Scarborough Spa

2.00pm    Joint military presentation – Scarborough Spa theatre

2.30pm    Royal Navy Wildcat display – South Bay

2.40pm    Soldiers of Swing music performance South Bay – formal Area

3.00pm    Navy Wings Reliant Stinson display – South Bay

3.00pm    Battle of Peasholm Park (naval warfare) – Peasholm Park

3.10pm    The Yorkshire Corps of Drums – South Bay formal area

3.30pm    Navy Wings Seafire display – South Bay

3.30pm    Joint military presentation – Scarborough Spa theatre

3.40pm    York Military Wives Choir music performance – South Bay formal area

4.30pm    RAF Typhoon display – South Bay

5.00pm    Sunset ceremony, closing prayers and three cheers for the Armed Forces – South Bay formal area

6.00pm    Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons – Scarborough Open Air Theatre

7.30pm    The Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines Collingwood – Scarborough Spa grand hall

With thousands of people expected to make long journeys to Scarborough for the national event, and the day coinciding with a national rail strike on 25 June that will affect train services to and from the town, we are encouraging people to plan ahead.

Our advice is to leave plenty of time for your journey and use bus services or arrange to car share where possible. You could also consider travelling the day before (Friday 24 June) and staying overnight in Scarborough or in other coastal towns and villages nearby (which should have greater availability) to reduce your travelling time on the main event day.

I’m delighted to confirm that the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight as well as operational aircraft from the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force, will join sailors, Marines and soldiers in what promises to be a spectacular Armed Forces Day national event in Scarborough this June Commodore Phil Waterhouse


Photograph: MOD/SAC Connor Tierney RAF
Topping the action packed programme will be the RAF Aerobatic Team – the spectacular Red Arrows – one of the world’s premier aerobatic display teams.

The Royal Navy has confirmed that three of its ships will feature in this year’s Armed Forces Day celebrations in Scarborough.

HMS Brocklesby will be the first to be visible off South Bay on Monday morning (20 June) when she takes part in the official flag raising ceremony.

Brocklesby is a Mine Counter Measures Vessel (MCMV) and her primary purpose is to seek out and neutralise enemy mines.

The vessel uses Sonar technology and a combination of highly trained mine clearance divers and the Seafox unmanned underwater vehicle. 

Brocklesby’s glass-reinforced plastic hull – one of the largest of its kind – helps protect her from mines.

In addition to her mine counter-measures activities, HMS Brocklesby has a secondary role as an offshore patrol vessel, undertaking coastal duties around the UK and abroad.

On Monday she will carry the Armed Forces Day flag which will be brought ashore and taken to town hall for the formal flag raising ceremony.

Two other ships will be in position in South Bay in time for the Armed Forces Day national event on Saturday 25 June.

HMS Westminster is a type 23 frigate and RFA Tiderace is Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker.

Weighing in at 4,900 tonnes and with a top speed of 28 knots, Westminster was originally designed for anti-submarine warfare but her versatility has seen her used in a number of fleet roles. 

In 2014 she underwent an extensive refit which resulted in a new principal weapon: Sea Ceptor surface-to-air missiles. 

With twice the range of the old missile system, Sea Ceptor makes HMS Westminster better equipped than ever to face the challenges of 21st-century warfare. 

Her most recent mission saw her patrolling as far north as the Arctic Circle for five months at the end of 2021.

RFA Tiderace is part of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary which provides logistical support to the Royal Navy.

She’s a tanker, carries 19,000 cubic metres of fuel but has a secondary role transporting other supplies and armed forces personnel such as Royal Marine Commandos.

Tiderace sometimes patrols shipping lanes and has been used in humanitarian aid operations.

The ship includes a helicopter landing pad which can support a Chinook which makes her more versatile and useful than just a pure tanker.

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