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Celebration of Armed Forces in Skipton

Families turned out to support Armed Forces Day in Skipton High Street on Sunday with the Yorkshire Regiment, the Lancashire Militia and a Hurricane fly-past

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There was music from the Royal British Legion band, the Yorkshire Regiment Corps of Drums, Skipton Brass, Maria Manchester and Melissa Harper.

Veteran Gilbert Masters, 91, who lives in Burnside Crescent, Skipton, and was part of the D-Day landings, received 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.

Councillor Chris Moorby, chairman of Craven District Council, said: "A great day was had by all and luckily the weather held off. The best part in the day for myself was having the honour of presenting the flag to Gilbert Masters, a veteran of the Second World War who took part in the D-Day landings.

"I also spent part of the day talking to veterans from the Second World War - the stories they had to tell me filled me with awe, amazement and shock as I found out what they had to deal with in their services for our country.

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"The fly-past of the Hurricane up and down the High Street sent a tingle down my spine, listing to the note of the Rolls Royce Merlin engine.

"The Yorkshire Regiment allowed me to go into one of their armoured vehicles and to get a view from behind the gun. The Lancashire Militia nearly give me a heart attack when the cannons were fired.

"I would like to thank all the people involved with putting on the displays. We have to remember the Forces both past and present in all the wars and thank them from our hearts for keeping us safe and securing our future."