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Red Arrows Flypast Marks Armed Forces Day 2020

The jets flew over the British Army’s Catterick Garrison, RAF Leeming and Scarborough.

This year, for the first time in its history, Armed Forces Day is being celebrated virtually.

However, the Red Arrows have taken to the skies over North Yorkshire - paying tribute to all the work done by current troops, cadets and veterans in the UK.

The aerobatic display team flew over the Army’s Catterick Garrison, RAF Leeming and the Armed Forces Day flag.

The flag was raised in the grounds of Scarborough Castle by tri-service personnel.

The coastal town was due to host this year's national event, but it was postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

For those who weren't able to see the flypast from home, it can be streamed via the Armed Forces’ Facebook and Twitter pages, along with performances by military bands and behind-the-scenes views of the Royal Navy’s HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier.

WATCH: Commodore Phil Waterhouse, Navy Regional Command, Regional HQ Northern England, was present for the flag raise.

The Ministry of Defence announced in May that Scarborough will host the Armed Forces Day national event in 2021.

Steve Siddons, leader of Scarborough Borough Council said the town was "not to be thwarted" following the news it would be put on hold - the day's smaller events were deemed a success under the cirumstances.

“But what we’re looking forward to now is next year," he said, hoping for an "even bigger and better event".