Don't miss a story sign up to Sidmouth Herald's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

Spitfire, Hurricane and Red Arrows head to Sidmouth

PUBLISHED: 12:38 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 14:13 17 March 2017

Red Arrows at Sidmouth 2016. Ref shs 34-16TI 6379. Picture: Terry Ife

Red Arrows at Sidmouth 2016. Ref shs 34-16TI 6379. Picture: Terry Ife

Archant

A trio of historic war planes will be flying into Sidmouth for the first time ever this summer for the town’s annual air display.

Red Arrows at Sidmouth 2016. Ref shs 34-16TI 6389. Picture: Terry IfeRed Arrows at Sidmouth 2016. Ref shs 34-16TI 6389. Picture: Terry Ife

Organisers announced this week that the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight [BBMF] will join the Red Arrows for the event on Friday, August 25.

The famous Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster bomber are scheduled to perform a series of group and individual routines.

Following the end of the BBMF display, the Red Arrows will jet in to thrill the crowds.

Sidmouth Town Council is hoping to amass an ‘army’ of collectors for the day to raise funds for the 2018 air display.

Pictured are aircraft of the Royal Air Forces Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fyling over Blackpool.

The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAF-BBMF) is administratively part of the Royal Air Force No 1 Group and operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. They have Spitfires, Hurricanes, a Lancaster and Dakota as well as Chipmunks in the flight.

The aircraft are regularly seen at events commemorating World War II, upon British State occasions, notably the Trooping the Colour celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's birthday and at air displays throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
 Images by Sgt Jack Pritchard, RAPictured are aircraft of the Royal Air Forces Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fyling over Blackpool. The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (RAF-BBMF) is administratively part of the Royal Air Force No 1 Group and operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. They have Spitfires, Hurricanes, a Lancaster and Dakota as well as Chipmunks in the flight. The aircraft are regularly seen at events commemorating World War II, upon British State occasions, notably the Trooping the Colour celebrating Queen Elizabeth II's birthday and at air displays throughout the United Kingdom and Europe. Images by Sgt Jack Pritchard, RA

Christopher Holland, town clerk, said: “The Spitfire, the Lancaster and the Hurricane flying over Sidmouth will be a sight to behold and it will be a first. Last year, we had a very good event.

“The public was very generous and our business sponsors were, too, which has enabled us to apply for the Red Arrows and the BBMF at the same time.

“We would ask the public to dig deep once again and volunteer to be collectors.

“We need an army of collectors; it’s the collectors that make it happen.

“It will only be an annual event if the funding is there each year.”

The displays will act as a prelude to Sidmouth Regatta.

Last year, more than 25,000 people packed on to Sidmouth beach to watch the Red Arrows.

Councillor Jeff Turner, chairman of the town council, said: “I am delighted to welcome not just the Red Arrows, but also the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight to display over what must be one the most perfect arenas in the country for an air display - our beautiful seafront.”

Exact timings are to 
be confirmed.

Other News Stories

44 minutes ago

An appealing for information has been issued after 50 dead hens were found dumped in a layby near Ottery.

Read more
Yesterday, 17:23

Sidmouth’s ‘active and vibrant’ Inner Wheel group celebrated its diamond anniversary this week with a celebratory meal at the Victoria Hotel.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:30

District council bosses have come under fire for splashing nearly £3,000 on a black-tie civic dinner, when many taxpayers – who footed the bill – are ‘struggling’.

Read more
Yesterday, 15:50

From the archives - Sidmouth Town football flashback.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:42

‘Be alert, not alarmed’ is the message coming from police in the wake of the attack in Westminster yesterday (Wednesday)

Read more
Yesterday, 13:23

A ‘powerful’ video featuring a Sidmouth family has been released to highlight the need for more funding into brain tumour research.

Read more
Yesterday, 12:47

Landlords are being urged to come forward if they have family-sized properties that could be used to house vulnerable Syrian refugees.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:40

A woman’s charity head shave became a real family affair when she was joined by her dad, husband and father-in-law.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:47

Business leaders are planning a candlelit dinner in place of the town’s traditional street party as part of the Sidmouth Regatta celebrations. Chamber of commerce president Richard Eley said there is no standout event in the calendar like the Queen’s diamond jubilee in 2012, so Sunday, August 27, is a fitting provisional date.

Read more
Yesterday, 09:27

Devon and Somerset Trading Standards has warned businesses to be on the lookout for a tool sharpening scam.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 6°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Family notices
Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Submit a Story
Buy Photos
Competitions
iwitness24
Facebook
Twitter
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Sidmouth Herald e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Devon's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications