Charities receive boost from Armed Forces Day
Close to £4,000 will be given
to three charities following Armed Forces Day in Scarborough.
The money was raised through bucket
collections on the day, with a battalion of people coming forward
to help out.
Cheques will be presented to the Soldiers,
Sailors, Airmen and Families Association (SSAFA) Forces Help, the
Royal British Legion Scarborough Poppy Appeal and the RNLI at the
“Night Before the Colours Dinner” at Scarborough Spa on 4
Scarborough Borough Council Leader and
chairman of the steering group which organised Armed Forces Day,
Cllr Tom Fox, said: “It’s a fantastic amount of money and reflects
the high esteem in which these three charities and their work are
“I want to thank everyone who contributed,
as well as the dozens of volunteers who gave up their time during
Armed Forces to be collectors, or act as marshals and stewards.
“The day would not have been the success it
was without those volunteers coming forward to help out on the day
and they can feel rightly proud of the part they played.
“I also recognise the contribution made by
businesses in Scarborough, both in financial terms and practical
terms with many putting up posters in their windows to advertise
Armed Forces Day, as well as the local media who once again got
behind Armed Forces Day, giving the event some incredible coverage,
before, during and after.”
Thousands of people are thought to have
headed to the Foreshore for the Scarborough’s third annual Armed
Forces Day on 25 June, with a display by The Blades aeronautical
team definitely among the highlights.
Crowds also enjoyed a veteran veterans’
parade along the seafront, as well as marching bands and a host of
stalls, events and activities aimed at all the family.
This year’s Armed Forces Day was hosted and organised by
Scarborough Borough Council, in partnership with the Heroes Welcome
initiative, South Bay Traders Association, Royal British Legion,
SSAFA Forces Help and the RNLI, with financial support from local
businessman Don Robinson’s Winston Churchill’s Britain at War
Experience in London, the Ministry of Defence and the borough