A group of veterans are appealing to East Riding of Yorkshire Council to change their mind after their application for a one-day road closure for the 2020 Armed Forces Day was rejected.
Martin Barmby, who is spokesman for a group of veterans who voluntarily organise the event, said: “We are upset that the application for a road closure has been rejected. The event (Armed Forces Day) brings much needed awareness to the work of all the armed forces and veterans organisations. There is also the extra tourism which is brought in to the rest of the town. All this is organised entirely by volunteers.”
Earlier this year, the reload was closed outside Alderson House on South Marine Drive as part of the Right of Entry parade and inspection.
A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “We have always supported Armed Forces Day in Bridlington and have always allowed the parade though the streets, including along South Marine Drive, with rolling road closures, and that will continue.
“This year we gave special permission to Bridlington Town Council for an area of South Marine Drive – outside the Royal British Legion’s Alderson House centre – to be closed for the day in June for the Armed Forces Day, as this was a particularly special occasion for the town.
“The Royal Navy Defence Maritime Logistics School was being awarded the ‘right of entry’ to Bridlington and this was a large civic event.
“Next year we are unable to allow this area of South Marine Drive to be closed off to create an events area for the regular Armed Forces Day, and we have explained the reasons to the applicant.
“The event is held on a Saturday at the height of summer when South Marine Drive is at its busiest. We would have to divert traffic, buses and the park-and-ride service. We also have to take into account the affect on businesses and local residents.
“However, we would be happy to work with the organisers if they would consider an alternative site for their events area, away from the main seafront road.” said the spokesman.