Spitfire and Red Arrows to wow crowds as forces heroes celebrated
The Red Arrows and a Spitfire will wow crowds at this year's National Armed Forces Day event in North Lincolnshire.
The show will come to Messingham Showground on Saturday, June 30, with everything from dog teams to dance schools on display.
The event is the culmination of a week of celebrations, which started with the mayor of North Lincolnshire, councillor Ivan Glover, raising the Armed Forces Day Ensign at the Civic Centre in Scunthorpe.
Armed Forces Day is an annual opportunity to show support for the men and women of the Armed Forces community.
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Doug Gawley, chairman of the North Lincs Armed Forces Day committee, said: "This day is our way to show appreciation to our Armed Forces.
"It is not a remembrance day, but a way to show that all corners of the country support men and women in the Armed Forces.
"It boosts the morale of those serving our nation, because it shows them that there are so many people out there supporting them.
"It is an event put together so that people with no links to the military can come together, have a fun day, and learn more about the Armed Forces and what they do."
This year's show will have a display from the Royal Air Force College Band from RAF Cranwell, a fly-past from a Spitfire and the Red Arrows, and a display in the main arena.
There will also be a Typhoon simulator, dance displays, martial arts and a huge variety of stalls.
Organisers are hoping the weather perks up for the event, but are confident of a large crowd.
Mr Gawley said: "There is always concern about the weather, but we have been checking the long-term forecast regularly and hoping for good news.
"It looks as though the start of the weekend should be reasonable with only the odd shower, and won't be anywhere near as bad as the rain that hit the Lincolnshire Show.
"We had about 4,000 people attending last year, and are hoping for roughly the same number at this year's event."
The show will run from 10am to 11.30pm, with entry £3 for adults, and free for those under 16.