Armed Forces Day 29.06.19


Whitby celebrated Armed Forces Day with a fabulous event on Dock End on Saturday 29th June 2019. Locals and visitors enjoyed a wonderful event organised by Whitby Town Council.

A range of military organisations were represented, offering visitors the opportunity to chat with them about their experiences and to learn more about life as serving military personnel.

Throughout the day local young people provided a range of fantastic entertainment which was greatly appreciated by everyone attending this event. These talented young people all performed with great skill and enthusiasm, deserving a special thank you for the time and effort they gave to rehearse and perform.

Local bugler, twelve-year-old Daniel Shone Hatchwell, played Reveille as the flag was raised at the start of this annual, fun filled, family event. Flight Lieutenant Foster, from RAF Fylingdales, and the Town Mayor, Councillor Rebecca Pierson introduced the event and welcomed visitors to the occasion.

The 740 (Whitby) Squadron Air Cadets Marched on to Dock End where they demonstrated their military drill with precision and flair.

The excellent, highly accomplished young musicians who perform in the Esk Valley Concert Band provided a wonderful programme of lively tunes. The highlight of their programme was a stirring rendition of The Dam Busters March, which accompanied a Flyover by a Hurricane plane which flew over Whitby in a clover formation.

The students of Hannah Verity Dance Studio delighted the crowds with their moving performance on a military theme.

A rousing Drumming Display by the Air Cadets was greatly enjoyed, presenting a magnificent show piece to the enthusiastic audience.

The pupils of Benson Stage Academy performed a beautiful, poignant routine, choreographed by one of the young dancers.

The military veterans stood to attention as the young bugler played The Last Post and the Flag was lowered, bringing the event to a close.

The event was supported by a variety of local organisations. A selection of stalls were provided by Whitby Civic Society, Boomerang Bags, local businesses and Whitby Town Council, including hook a duck, tombola, environmental awareness, climbing wall, trampolines and pick a flag.

This extremely enjoyable, family friendly event has the feel of a village fate, with the community coming together to celebrate and thank our armed forces and their families for the sacrifices they make to keep us safe.

Whitby Town Council would like to thank everyone who helped to make this event such a success.

Posted: Tue, 09 Jul 2019 10:24 by Anne Cowey

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