Anonymous hands holding Union flags British flags at Armed Forces Day
Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day: Scarborough To Host 2021 National Event

This year's Armed Forces Day national event was cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Anonymous hands holding Union flags British flags at Armed Forces Day

Scarborough will host the Armed Forces Day national event in 2021.

This year's national event was due to be hosted in Scarborough, but it was postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

"We are disappointed that this year’s event will not go ahead, but everyone involved in the planning and organising of the weekend fully understands the seriousness of the situation our country is currently facing and the changes we must make to help prevent the spread of the virus," Councillor Tony Randerson, cabinet member with responsibility for the delivery of the event, said.

Scarborough's right to host the event will be moved from 26 to 28 June this year, to 25 to 27 June 2021.

Planning for the event will resume as soon as the situation will allow it.

"We’re delighted for the opportunity to host the 2021 event instead," Cllr Randerson said.

"As soon as the current situation allows us to, we will get back to planning a spectacular event to make Scarborough and our nation proud."

Armed Forces Day is a national event, with around 200,000 visitors of all ages join in the activities during the course of the weekend.

Last year's national event was held in Salisbury, as well as hundreds of events in the UK and overseas.

The RAF aerobatics team, the Red Arrows, had been secured to take part in the event and event planners will look to secure the display team for the 2021 edition of the event.

Red Arrows over Salisbury cathedral
In 2019, the Red Arrows performed a flypast over Salisbury on Armed Forces Day (Picture: MOD).

While the 2020 Armed Forces Day event will not take place in its physical form, communities across the country are being encouraged to show the support for service personnel from home on 27 June.

"The outstanding efforts of Captain Tom Moore in support of the NHS showed us that, even in the most difficult of circumstances, anything is possible," Cllr Randerson said.

"So we’re asking you to use your imagination and come up with different ways to celebrate the contribution of our Armed Forces, while still maintaining social distancing," he added.

People can find further information about Armed Forces Day online and are being encouraged to take part in virtual celebrations via social media.

Cover image: People showing their support for the Armed Forces at the Armed Forces Day national event in 2019.