They flew through the air with the greatest of ease

Words and photos by Dave Barry

Thousands of spectators were enthralled by high-flying antics at Scarborough’s 10th annual Armed Forces Day.

The Blades aeronautical display team, comprised of former Red Arrows pilots, and Rich Goodwin’s Muscle biplane performed high-energy and awe-inspiring aerobatics.

A flypast from an RAF Dakota completed the aerial line-up.

Both lifeboats were launched and the lifeboathouse was open to the public. The inshore and all-weather lifeboats took part in a joint exercise with the coastguards’ Sikorsky search-and-rescue helicopter.

Scarborough Council estimates that about 20,000 people attend the Armed Forces Day and hopes the figure will increase tenfold when the town hosts the national event next year.

The national event is usually attended by senior politicians and public figures.

The programme of this year’s included sea cadets competing in the gun-run challenge and the Yorkshire Corps of Drums and Yorkshire Volunteer Band.

There was a vintage fair with themed music, vintage vehicles, a military adventure park and military displays.

Cllr Tom Fox, who chairs the organising committee, said: “This year we remembered the centenary year of the end of World War One and marked the 100th birthday of the RAF with tributes, special exhibits and music.

“We have strong links with the military, particularly the Yorkshire Regiment, who joined us with a new meet-and-greet project that gave people a chance to mingle and chat with soldiers about their work and experiences”.