SCARBOROUGH is set to take centre stage when the country celebrates national Armed Forces Day this summer.

The seaside town has been chosen to host the national celebrations in June which will see the Red Arrows flyover along with a host of military displays and events.

The ceremonial raising of the flag on June 22 will signal the start of the week-long celebrations, which culminate in Saturday’s main event.

This promises to be a spectacular, free family day-out featuring breath-taking military displays by air, land and sea, a grand parade involving more than 1,000 service personnel and veterans, vintage music and dance, and interactive challenges.

The event is usually attended by a senior member of the Royal Family, the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State for Defence.

Councillor Tony Randerson, the Armed Forces Day National Event Champion for Scarborough Borough Council said: “Representing the whole of Yorkshire, Scarborough is incredibly honoured to have been chosen as the host town for this prestigious event, a reflection of its long and proud tradition with the armed services.

“We’re expecting thousands to gather to show their support for the men and women of the Armed Forces community – the serving troops, veterans, cadets, and also the service families, and have already had tremendous offers of support.

“This promises to be one of the region’s most memorable events, and we’re all rallying together so that Yorkshire can make the country proud and boost the nation’s spirits.”

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

Alistair Halliday, CEO of RFEA, the Forces Employment Charity, one of the event’s key supporters, said:“Armed Forces Day is a wonderful moment in the year to celebrate our amazing military community.

“RFEA has been helping ex-Forces find meaningful employment since 1885 and we couldn’t think of a better time to fully support Armed Forces Day than our 135th anniversary year. We’re very much looking forward to meeting with any ex-Servicemen and women, and their families, who are looking for support in their job search.”