Arbroath’s Festival of Heroes is a celebration of the service that those in our Armed Forces and Emergency Services give our Country and County.

Taking place on Saturday 4th June 2016 join your fellow Arbroathians for a fun filled family day out down at Victoria Park where we’ll have some fantastic displays and attractions.

The Festival has 3 main parts to it:-

*The Armed Forces and Emergency Services Parade

*The Local Hero Awards (Sponsored by Specsavers Opticians and Audiologists in conjunction with Squadron Prints and AJ Beedie Jewellers)

*The Festival of Heroes Gala Day


This is an event Arbroath already has and is a wonderful tradition that takes place each year. The parade traditionally takes place from Arbroath Abbey down the High Street and then along to the Victoria Park for a service and remembrance of the fallen.

The parade is a big part of our event and it will be contained fully within the boundaries of Victoria Park this year with the parade happening along the length of King’s Drive. This is, in part, designed to look after the welfare of our older soldiers and those who have mobility problems due to age or injuries in action. The parade this year will see a major expansion and will invoke a strong feeling of pride in the people of our town who serve the community or country.

The service will feature a minutes silence.


The first ‘new’ element of the event. The Local Hero awards will celebrate two groups of people Forces/Services and Civilians. A nomination process will soon launch where you can nominate someone as your ‘hero’ When you do, they will be recognised as a ‘Local Hero’ and will be considered for the Local Hero Civilian Award which shall be presented on the day. There will also be a nomination process within the Armed Forces and Emergency Services to identify the man or woman who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and shall be recognised with the Local Hero Forces and Servces Award in recognition of their contribuition to country or community. This will also be presented on the day.



The Festival of Heroes officially starts with the end of the minutes silence. It is a large open spaced free gala day and the exhibitions and displays are designed to highlight the best of the services and forces doing thier ‘day job’. We have displays and demonstrations from the Red Arrows (see below), The British Army with a full ‘capability’ display, RNLI and the Scottish Fire Service all presently confirmed at this early stage of proceedings with more to confirm as discussions unfold.

The town used to have an amazing event called the Seafront Spectacular and many have called for it’s return over the years. The event organisers from Arbroath Events did an amazing job and the event was a credit to the community. Arbroath’s Festival of Heroes will fill the community hole left by the end of the Seafront Spectacular!!


The Red Arrows are arguably the world’s foremost display team of combat pilots. The world knows who they are and we all love to see them.

It was 11 years ago now that they previously graced Arbroath with their presence. In those years, reductions in flying time have seen reduced numbers of displays and we took an ambitious punt in applying for them to return to Arbroath to let the next generation of Arbroath’s kids see the Reds and those that were too young to remember see them again! Well guess what…

It is with great excitement that we can confirm the Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, the world famous Red Arrows, have given us the honour of agreeing to be part of our event. The Red Arrows will only display in Scotland 3 times in 2016 and Arbroath’s Festival of Heroes will feature the excitement of the twists, turns and multicoloured vapour trails that make the crowd go “oooooh”.


This is an incredibly ambitious plan from a strong committee from within the community of Arbroath with civilians working alongside active and retired forces and emergency services in a truly collaborative effort to bring back a WOW factor event to Arbroath and Angus. So who are we and why should you feel confident in supporting us by donating a few pounds towards bringing the Red Arrows back to Arbroath?

Jamie Buchan – Event Chairman / Director of Retail – Specsavers / Civilian

Colin Galloway – Vice Chairman & Safety Controller / Government Food Hygeine Inspector / Civilian

Allan Hughes – Head Steward / Retired Police Officer

Gill Howie – Air Asset Co-Ordinator / Director of Squadron Prints / Former Manager for Heart of Scotland Airshow / Civilian

WO2 Barry Seal – Retired Royal Marine / Serving Officer in 212 (Highland) Battery – British Army, Arbroath. Part of the Army’s East Coast Working Group

WO2 Jon Finn – Military Safety Controller / Serving Officer in 212 (Highland) Battery – British Army, Arbroath.

Scott Ross – Parade Co-Ordinator / Plumber / Civilian / Officer for 2422 Squadron Air Cadets, Arbroath

Cheryl Stewart – Retired Royal Observer Corps / Owner/Operator of the ROC Station, Arbroath.

Mo Broomfield – Treasurer / Guest House Owner/Operator / Civilian

Fiona Laing – Retired Women’s Royal Naval Service / Owner of Heather Cottage Crafts / Organiser of the Royal Marines Race for Freedom Rally

Martyn Geddes – Councillor for Angus Council / Owner/Operator of ‘Mirnog’ Website Design and App Developer / Civilian

Dave McCaig – Retired Royal Marine / 45 Commando Veterans Association

Jon Bruce – Secretary / Owner/Operator of Bruce Financial Management / Civilian

Bob Dickson – Webmaster / Owner/Operator of AngusWeb Website Design and App Developer / Civilian


Photo Credit – Arbroath Herald (Anne Johnston) Kindly used with their permission