This year’s Beverley armed forces and first world war cententary day takes place in Saturday Market area on Sunday the 6 July.
The event this year will be themed “Then and Now” focusing on the Centenary of The First World War.
To assist with the celebrations, there will be displays, static displays, uniformed interpreters with unique vehicles and equipment from World War 1, alongside current vehicles and equipment from the Defence School of Transport (DST).
A highlight this year will be a fly-past by a Douglas C-47 Dakota from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at round about 4 pm. Refreshments, including a Gurkha Curry will be available during the afternoon.
The day will begin with a parade of Veterans at 12noon and there will be music from WW1 and WW2.
At 4.45pm there will be the premier presentation of the commemorative play ‘Forget Me Not’ about World War 1, performed in St Mary’s Church by Richard Avery, Neil King, Danny Bradley, Rachel Barnes, Ross Tomlinson and Ben Hunter from the ‘Other Lives’ theatrical production group.
The play was written by Terry Cavender especially for this year’s Beverley Armed Forces Day Commemorations.
Visual displays will feature by The Lancashire Hussars (World War 1 Cavalry), and Vintage Vehicles – Austin Champ, Ferret Scout Car, World War 2 Motor Cycles, World War 1 Horse-drawn Ambulance.
Also on view will be latest military vehicles The Jackal and Foxhound kindly provided by the Defence School of Transport (DST).
Colonel Rob Peacock Commandant Defence School of Transport, Leconfield said: “The events for this year’s Armed Forces Day are particularly impressive and really highlight the excellent level of support the people of Beverley show for our Armed Forces. Thank you Beverley!”
Coun David K Elvidge said: “This years event will be nothing if not unique as we look forward with DST Leconfield and at the same time look back as we think of the First World War and its Centenary plus we will lift our heads (weather permitting) and think of those who lead the invasion which began the battle to retake Europe as we have just commemorated the 70th anniversary of D-Day.”
Outline programme for the day’s events is:
11.50 am Formal Parade. March Off from North Bar Within to Saturday
Market with North & East Yorkshire Royal British Legion, Hull Council of Ex-Servicemen’s Association, the Cadets, accompanied by the Humberside Police Band.
12 Drumhead Service.
1pm Singer Cherie Lawrence performs - ‘Song from the Trenches.’
1.30pm Performance by the St Nicholas Primary School Choir
2pm Singer Cherie Lawrence performs ‘Song from the Trenches.’
2.30pm Performance by the Longcroft Gospel Choir.
3.30pm Performance Beverley Church Lads and Girls Brigade Band.
4pm Performance by the Gurkha Dance Troupe from DST Leconfield. (Followed by fly-past of the Douglas C-47 Dakota
from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at round about 4 pm).
4.45pm Commemorative play ‘Forget Me Not’ performed at St Mary’s Church, Beverley by the Other Lives Theatrical Production Group (£5 per person tickets on the door).
6pm Classical Concert with the Driffield Silver Band and the Beverley and District Pipe Band, with special guest appearance by the Soprano Janet Bates.
8pm Event concludes.