Armed Forces Day in Scunthorpe returns - with a special flyover planned

Armed Forces Day 2023 in Scunthorpe. The 2024 event will be held on Saturday, June 22
-Credit: (Image: North Lincolnshire Council)

Brumby Hall Sports Ground in Scunthorpe will once again host North Lincolnshire's Armed Forces Day event.

A schedule packed full of parades, military equipment, live music, and displays is expected. One of the world's two flyable Lancaster Bombers is also expected to do a flyover.

A popular event in Scunthorpe's calendar, Armed Forces Day is free for all. The Veterans Big Band will be making a special appearance, alongside the flag raising, land-based displays, musical performances and family activities which will all be taking place at the sports ground on Saturday, June 22, from 11am to 5pm.

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Activities and events planned include:

  • A parade featuring Cadets and Veterans from the tri-services - Army, Navy and RAF

  • An interactive Cadet village with games, challenges and more

  • RAF Air Cadets Band performance

  • Army Cadets Field Drill displays

  • Twin Tigers Martial Arts displays

  • Coritani Creative Taiko Drumming performance

  • Scunthorpe RUFC Exhibition Match

  • Kazbah Theatre ‘Chips & Fish’ puppet performance

  • Climbing Wall

  • Paintball Range

  • Mobile Bike Events BMX bike course – have a go sessions

  • Kids funfair rides

  • Stalls for local groups and organisations

  • Arts, crafts, and creative play

There will also be a range of food and drink stalls, as well as an outside bar serving the likes of Greek street food, fudge, and iced slush. A dedicated picnic area will be available next to the stage and attendees are welcome to bring their own blankets and camping chairs to use while enjoying the event.

A much-anticipated flyover from the Lancaster Bomber will take place - subject to weather conditions on the day and operational requirements. A planned flyover last year by a Spitfire was unable to take place because of the weather.

Armed Forces Day is part of North Lincolnshire Council's commitment to the Armed Forces Covenant, a pledge to ensure those who serve or have served in the armed forces, and their families, are treated fairly. The authority was awarded Gold standard in the Defence Employer Recognition Scheme Awards in 2020.

Some of the stall at last year's event
Some of the stalls at last year's event -Credit:Donna Clifford/Grimsby Live

The council refurbished one of its buildings on Scunthorpe High Street and reopened it in 2022 as an Armed Forces Hub. The hub aims to support all members of the Armed Forces community with wrap around care, whether on matters such as employment and housing, or access to social activities, or volunteering opportunities. Its current offer includes a modelling craft club on Monday mornings, coffee mornings on Wednesdays, and a men-only GEO group on Tuesdays, 6-8pm, to help with mental health and provide a place to talk. The latter is facilitated by Hull 4 Heroes.

Bag checks will be carried out at the Armed Forces Day event, and no alcohol can be brought in, though it can be purchased on site. Dogs are also not allowed, except service dogs, as the event is held on a sports pitch and livestock will be in attendance.

Parking is available at University Campus North Lincolnshire, with disabled blue badge parking at the sports ground itself.

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