It’s enough to make you burst with pride and is one of the Yorkshire Coast’s most ambitious events: Saturday 24th June marks Armed Forces Day 2017. 
This year’s event takes place in both Whitby and nearby Scarborough. And don’t forget you can stay with us here at the Riviera
Here in Whitby, head to Dock End for Armed Forces Day events from 10am to 4pm, while at Whitby Pavilion, there’s a packed schedule at this popular venue. 
Over in Scarborough, there’s a hectic itinerary from 10am to 5pm in the town’s spectacular South Bay. 
The day, which can attract over 30,000 visitors to the Yorkshire Coast, is a chance for us to show our support for the brave men and women who serve in the Armed Forces, including currently-serving troops, veterans and cadets. 
While lots of great things will be happening right here in Whitby, Scarborough’s Armed Forces Day event includes the Falcons Parachute Display team (11am), the legendary Red Arrows (3.30pm) along with an Air to Sea rescue demo, marching bands, parades, family activities and lots more. 
Not only that, but the remarkable Spitfire, surely one of the most poignant and symbolic World War Two aircraft, will take to the skies over Scarborough at 1pm. 
After passing Scarborough, this gutsy little fighter plane will appear over Whitby’s iconic skyline at around 1.10pm before heading north. 
The Spitfire is part of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which operates from RAF Coningsby, Lincolnshire. 
Many of us will recognise the throaty sound of the engine that powers this legendary aeroplane, along with its elegant elliptical wings. The courageous men who flew the Spitfires successfully defended Great Britain during the Battle of Britain (1940) by taking to the skies, knowing the odds of them surviving were low. 
We owe them a great deal. 
So if you feel inspired about this special day, find out more here
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