Yorkshire pays its tribute to Armed Forces

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TENS of thousands of visitors descended on Scarborough which was the centrepiece for a nationwide celebration of the nation’s Armed Forces.

The resort attracted a record 30,000 crowd including war veterans on Saturday who witnessed a display by the Red Arrows.

The Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire and Hurricane of the Battle of Britain flight over Scarborough

The Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire and Hurricane of the Battle of Britain flight over Scarborough

A Spitfire, a Hurricane and a Lancaster bomber from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight also took to the skies at the resort as part of the annual celebration of Britain’s servicemen and women.

But national Armed Forces Day was marred elsewhere in the region amid accusations that Leeds had failed to stage a high-profile event for the celebrations.

Veterans dismissed a hastily arranged tea party organised by Leeds City Council as a “sop” after the authority had come under fire after it initially said it would not be holding any official events on Saturday.

Council chiefs justified the decision by saying the previous week’s Freedom Parade by the Rifles Regiment was its “main event”. Following an outcry, the council organised a last-minute, small-scale “civic event” on Saturday. But many of those invited snubbed the offer and attended events elsewhere.

David Marshall, 78, chairman of the Royal British Legion’s Leeds branch, was at celebrations at Nostell Priory in Wakefield.

He said: “From my honest point of view, I felt it was a sop to suddenly ring me up and invite me. What was it going to be, a cup of coffee and some buns? There didn’t seem to be much willingness or interest in doing anything in Leeds.”

Elsewhere, thousands enjoyed the sunshine at the annual Horbury Show organised by Horbury and Ossett Phoenix Rotary Club. The highlight was the Battle of Britain memorial Spitfire flypast - click the screen above to watch video.