Red Arrows won’t return to Sidmouth unless enough collectors come forward for Friday’s event

PUBLISHED: 16:14 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:14 21 August 2018

The Red Arrows in the sky above Sidmouth. Picture: Pamela Gordon-Lee

The Red Arrows in the sky above Sidmouth. Picture: Pamela Gordon-Lee

Pamela Gordon-Lee

More volunteers are needed as collectors this weekend to enable the return of the Red Arrows to Sidmouth.

Tens of thousands of people will descend on the town for the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight which will be taking to the skies for a special display from 6pm on Friday.

The display will kick off the Sidmouth Regatta weekend (Saturday and Sunday), organised by Sidmouth Town Council.

Town Clerk Christopher Holland said: “This will be a spectacular event and no doubt benefit the whole town with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight being a particularly pertinent way to celebrate 100 years of the RAF.

“Last year over 35,000 people packed Sidmouth to watch the display by the famous aerobatic team so having two groups of aircraft will make it the biggest display in Sidmouth ever.”

Information, correct at time of going to press, states the display will start with the memorial flight will be at 6pm, followed by the arrows at 6.30pm on Friday.

Whilst encouraging everyone to dig deep and give generously to enable the event to continue, organisers are also appealing for collectors to come forward and volunteer.

Sidmouth Regatta organiser, Oliver Salter said: “Obviously, we would like this to continue as an annual event to kick start our regatta weekend but to enable this to happen we need to collect as much as possible on the day.

“This event can only continue if enough is collected in donations.”

Collectors are asked to come to The Bedford Hotel between 5pm and 5.30pm and collect a badge and bucket then move to an allocated area to collect.

Obviously, collectors will still have the opportunity to see the display.

Around 100 collectors will be needed, therefore any assistance people can give will be much appreciated.

Please contact Oliver Salter on 01395 515820 or 07966 064685 if you can assist.

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