Bridlington Armed Forces Day cancelled after easing of Covid restrictions is delayed by four weeks

A major event in the Bridlington and district calendar has fallen victim to the recent Covid-19 announcement by the Government.

Wednesday, 16th June 2021, 9:15 am
The Bridlington Armed Forces Day in 2019. This year’s and last year’s event have been cancelled due to Covid-19.
The Bridlington Armed Forces Day in 2019. This year’s and last year’s event have been cancelled due to Covid-19.

The popular Bridlington Armed Forces Day, which was due to take place on Saturday, July 3, has been cancelled after the lockdown easing across England was delayed by four weeks.

Organisers arranged a packed day to celebrate the work of the armed forces.

A parade was expected to start the War Memorial, winding its way through town before heading down to the Bridlington Spa.

Organiser Martin Barmby GCGI.

Various veterans organisations, including The Yorkshire regiment association, The Yorkshire Volunteers Association, The Royal Naval association and the Royal British Legion were due to run stalls for visitors and residents to enjoy. There was even plans for a flypast from a WW2 aircraft that flew on D-Day.

Martin Barmby GCGI, event organiser, said: “We have had to cancel the Armed Forces Day due to the current Government guidelines not being lifted in time.

“We just don’t have the resources or manpower to have achieved what a big business can do with an event that would have had hundreds, maybe thousands of people attending throughout the day.

“The forces day is run by volunteers giving up their time for free.

“We are saddened but let’s look at the big picture, people have died through this pandemic, some have life long illness because of it.

“It gives us a year to prepare for next year’s event.

“If its stopped next year by another pandemic, we will have bigger things to worry about.

“We had military vehicle enthusiasts coming from all over Yorkshire with their vehicles, we had the Yorkshire Volunteers Association coming up from South Yorkshire, Legion Riders from all over Yorkshire, all the local veteran associations and cadet forces, not forgetting our flypast.

“As ever, the volunteers who make such things happen, just knuckle down and get on with it. We are now looking forward to Armed Forces Day 2022 and will announce the date when we have one.

“Thank you to everyone who their time and effort regarding the event and to the people who have shown interest in the day.”