Townsfolk honour veterans and remember the fallen

Hundreds of people descended on Bridlington to honour war veterans and pay respects to those who lost their lives in conflict.

This year’s Armed Forces Day was hugely successful and raised £4,336.64 for the Royal British Legion’s Alderson House on South Marine Drive, where short breaks are provided for servicemen and women and their families.

Bridlington Armed Forces Day Parade though the town.'NBFP PA1527-33r

Bridlington Armed Forces Day Parade though the town.'NBFP PA1527-33r

The branch secretary of Bridlington’s Royal British Legion, Martin Barmby, said the event was a “fantastic success.”

He said: “It was brilliant. I would like to thank the people of Bridlington, the people who helped on the day, the stewards and the people who manned the stalls.

“We had a German Luftwaffe veteran, Walter Rehling who is 93. He came as part of the Friends of the Doncaster Airguners Flight Path of Friendship Reconciliation.

“One year they will come to the UK and the next they go to Germany. On every UK visit they lay a wreath at the site of last German plane to crash here, which was at Dunnington Lodge Farm near Elvington. We had a dinner on the Saturday (4 July) at the Ramsdale Hotel and I did a speech. The Germans had been good to our crashed pilots but also, their Uboats looked after sailors and submariners.

Bridlington Armed Forces Day Parade though the town.'NBFP PA1527-33h

Bridlington Armed Forces Day Parade though the town.'NBFP PA1527-33h

“As submariner veteran myself, it really struck a chord in my heart.”

Crowds marvelled at an organised parachute jump at Saturday’s event and were blown away by the Coastguard’s helicopter fly-past, after it was delayed to deal with an emergency.

Mr Barmby added: “There was entertainment on all afternoon. The Royal British Legion Riders were taking people out and put on displays, plus lifeboats from Bridlington RNLI. There were also military vehicles, a raffle, various stalls, barbecue, a bar and a tombola.

“We have raised more money than last year and people said we should have got a PA system on the beach because they couldn’t hear what was being said - so we will get one next year!”

Bridlington Armed Forces Day Parade though the town.'NBFP PA1527-33t

Bridlington Armed Forces Day Parade though the town.'NBFP PA1527-33t

The funds will go towards Alderson House’s continued work in providing servicemen and women with short breaks, something entertainment coordinator Anna Roseby believes is hugely important.

She said: “We are grateful to the local Council and to all the organisers of the Parade for holding the salute outside Alderson House and to include our summer fayre as part of those celebrations.

“To be part of Armed Forces day feels like we are bringing the community together so that we can support those serving and to thank those who have served in the Armed Forces. It is a huge team event which needs a lot of planning and we would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to volunteer, sold raffle tickets, manned a stall, took out a collecting bucket, supported the parade or who donated a prizes - from the scaffolders who built the stage to the singers who entertained us all afternoon, also to the Parachutists, RNLI and SAR for their displays.

“The money raised for Alderson House helps over 1000 people a year, we rely on this and our Christmas fayre on 28 November this year, as our main fund raising events of the year.”