Community Engagement as part of Armed Forces Day National Event

Updated: Jun 21

There is a whole range of events leading up to the Armed Forces Day National Event this year.


Scarborough based Animated Objects Theatre company have been working with communities across the borough to create a range of different artworks for display in the run up to the National Event on Saturday 25th June.


Look out for three children's parades representing the history of the different armed forces over the span of hundreds of years - including plenty of parade pieces specific to our region:


Whitby - Monday 20th June starting at 9.45am in Pannett Park and heading down through town to Dock End for the Flag Raising ceremony just after 10.00am.


In the parade there will be models of army patrol vehicles inspired by the Yorkshire Regiment; dazzle warships; and a special series of pieces in remembrance of the First World War.

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Filey - Tuesday 21st June starting on the beach at approx. 1.30pm - the best viewing position is on the promenade above!


You'll see a small fleet of historic tall ships inspired by the likes of HMS Tricomalee at the Royal Navy Museum in Hartlepool; army vehicles and Royal Air Force biplanes.



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Scarborough - Thursday 23rd June on South Bay beach heading from West Pier to the Spa from 10.00am - best viewing points on the pavement or beach along the route heading south.


Look out for pieces inspired by the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight; army medical vehicles; Dunkirk small boats; the 'Remember Scarborough' tram and a War Horse.


And at each town you'll also see our young people's version of the RAF Red Arrows team leading the parade.



Hundreds of children from local schools have been involved in making wonderful pieces for the parades and you can see their work in all its glory as they make their way in each town. It will truly be a visual spectacle to remember!



In addition to the parade events, there has been sand art especially for the National event and you will also find a large scale sculpture trail around Scarborough on Saturday 25th June (please refer to the map) Some of these pieces will be in place from the beginning of the week, including The Young Peacekeeper at Tesco; 'Stories of Remembrance' at Woodend and the model Avro Lancaster upstairs at Scarborough's Market Hall, and they're really breathtaking to see in person.



There will also be a series of short films available to view online on the Scarborough Armed Forces Day website, and a special soundscape that you can listen to on your mobile device using the free Echoes interactive walks app.


None of this would have been possible without the incredible efforts of members of our communities across the borough getting involved as makers; taking part in filming and recording; and participating in live events. Hundreds of people have taken part in creating these unique artworks and we'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has shown their support so far.


The community outreach programme has been led by Animated Objects, commissioned by Scarborough Borough Council as part of the Armed Forces Day National Event.

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