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Skipton prepares for a fabulous Armed Forces Day

Skipton is welcoming the Yorkshire Regiment for a spectacular Armed Forces Day on Sunday June 26th.

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The Regiment is bringing a firing range and a climbing tower as well as their Corps of Drums display.

The Lancashire Militia will also be coming along to Skipton High Street with dramatic re-enactments involving muskets, pikes and cannon, and there will be a Spitfire flypast thanks to the RAF Air Events team.

Councillor Linda Brockbank, lead member for Working with Communities at Craven District Council, said: "This should be a wonderful event for Craven to celebrate our Armed Forces and all they do for us. It promises to be a great day out for families with a huge range of entertainment, music and food."

The event is being organised by Skipton Town Partnership with support from Skipton Town Council and Craven District Council.

Geraldine Thompson, from Skipton Town Partnership said: "This event aims to support and recognise the Armed Forces' and Veterans' outstanding contributions for our country, and to thank them for their personal sacrifices in defending the UK. There is something for all age groups, please come along and enjoy the day!"

Music will be provided by the Yorkshire Regiment Corps of Drums, Skipton Brass, Maria Manchester and Melissa Harper, and there will be a Regiment vehicle display as well as a Craft Fair at Skipton Town Hall.

Food on offer will include a hog roast and barbecue with vegetarian and gluten-free options available.

There will be a fun fair at the event and the RBL Skipton Band will play the Last Post and Reveille while the Air Training Corps will raise and lower the flag.

Skipton Library and Craven Museum & Gallery will be open and remembering the Battle of the Somme.

Gilbert Masters, who lives in Burnside Crescent, Skipton, will receive the Armed Forces Flag from the Craven District Council Chairman, Councillor Chris Moorby, as part of the flag lowering ceremony at the end of the day.

Mr Masters, who is 91, has just been to France under the Royal British Legion and the British Government's Hero Return Scheme, to receive France's highest honour, the Legion of Honour.

He came to Skipton in World War Two with the 13/18 Royal Hussars, tank crews training around Skipton.

He landed on Sword Beach in Normandy in the first wave of the D Day landings and fought on into Germany until they surrendered.

Armed Forces Day takes place on Skipton High Street from 10am to 4pm on Sunday June 26th. The road will be closed on the day and diversions will be in place.