Celebrate the contribution of the nation’s Armed Forces community

This story was published 21 June 2022

The contribution of service men and women, reservists, veterans and their families across North Yorkshire will be recognised during a national Armed Forces Day this weekend.

Armed Forces Day Flag outside County Hall

North Yorkshire has more than 12,000 people who work for the Ministry of Defence, making up four per cent of all jobs in the area, and 3,000 children from service families in schools, accounting for around five per cent of the school population.

Scarborough is hosting the Armed Forces Day national event on Saturday (25 June), when the town will welcome hundreds of Armed Forces personnel and thousands of visitors. The public will join the spectacular celebrations on the seafront and witness colourful parades, military displays and tour military villages and have the chance to meet personnel.

Chairwoman Cllr Margaret Atkinson said: “Every year we mark Armed Forces Day by recognising the positive impact our armed forces community has on North Yorkshire. It’s an opportunity for people to gain a greater understanding of the community, including serving personnel, reservists, veterans and family members.

“We are proud that Scarborough is hosting the national event this year which, due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been delayed for two years. It will be a fitting way to thank the men and women who are prepared to put their lives on the line in defence of our country.”

Catterick Garrison is the country’s largest army base, with associated barracks at Dishforth, Ripon and Topcliffe. It is also home to RAF stations at Leeming, Fylingdales and Menwith Hill and the Harrogate-based Army Foundation College.

Council leader, Cllr Carl Les, said: “We work hard to support our armed forces community by backing the Military Covenant, which aims to ensure that all those who serve or have served, and their families, are treated fairly in the provision of public services.

“We also employ service pupil champions who support children of military personnel in school, raise awareness of their needs and act as a link between schools, families and the military. We are proud of our strong connections and encourage everybody to show their support for Armed Forces Day.”

Read more information about the national event weekend in Scarborough.