Carnival atmosphere expected during big weekend of events across York and North Yorkshire

Gazette & Herald: Deacon Blue are playing at Dalby Forest near Pickering Deacon Blue are playing at Dalby Forest near Pickering

CROWD-pulling events are being staged across York and North Yorkshire this weekend.

Deacon Blue is playing Dalby Forest near Pickering tonight as part of the Forestry Commission’s 2014 Forest Live concert programme which has already featured James Blunt and Paul Weller.

Copmanthorpe Carnival, also today, features live music, children’s activities and fairground stalls at the Recreation Centre’s sports field, along with a reptile roadshow and donkey rides.

Thousands will be flocking to Scarborough today for the resort’s sixth Armed Forces Day, for a programme, from 11.30am until 5pm, starting with a Freedom Parade by the 1st Battalion (1 YORKS) of The Yorkshire Regiment and including a fly past featuring a Vulcan, Spitfire, Lancaster, and Hurricane from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Tomorrow, the 129th annual Malton Show will be the biggest draw for many with livestock competitions, and new events including a children’s showground trail, run by the show’s nominated charity Ryedale Special Families, races and games. Entertainment includes a stunt show, sheep dog display, live music, artist and blacksmith demonstrations, a showjumping competition, traders’ tent and the regional Sheep Breeders Championships.

The show, at Scampston Park, opens at 8am. For more information, visit maltonshow.com

York Minster is holding a service at 4pm on Sunday at the East End to dedicate the new statue of St Peter that will sit at the top of the Great East Window. The service will also be shown via television screens on College Green.

York Minster’s Dean Vivienne Faull said: “This is the headpiece for the largest expanse of medieval stained glass in Northern Europe.” and a key part of the York Minster Revealed project, the largest heritage conservation project of its kind in Europe, so this new statue is just as significant as the original, carved in the 15th century. It is only fitting that we hold a special service to dedicate this statue.”

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