Historic aircraft engine issues prompt Sidmouth display cancellation - but Red Arrows still set to appear

Red Arrows at Sidmouth 2016. Ref shs 34-16TI 6391. Picture: Terry Ife

Red Arrows at Sidmouth 2016. Ref shs 34-16TI 6391. Picture: Terry Ife - Credit: Archant

Historic aircraft will not be flying over Sidmouth this week due to ongoing issues with their engines, organisers confirmed today.

The RAF grounded a number of planes, including the Lancaster Bomber and two Spitfires that were set to appear in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) on Friday (August 25).

The Red Arrows are still set to appear at 6.30pm.

Town clerk Christopher Holland said: “The BBMF have today confirmed that despite their engineers’ efforts over the past two weeks, they will not be able to perform at Sidmouth this year due to continuing investigations into Merlin engine problems.

“This has affected a number of air shows across the country but the safety of the spectators and the aircrews is of course paramount.

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“Whilst we are very disappointed not to have a visit from the BBMF, we are delighted that the RAF aerobatic team, the Red Arrows, are still scheduled to display as usual at 6.30pm to kick off Sidmouth Regatta Weekend in style.

“Spectators are asked to be as generous as they can with donations to enable the Reds and hopefully other groups like the BBMF to return next year.

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“Anyone wishing to volunteer to collect to help keep this air display an annual event should contact Sidmouth Regatta organiser Oliver Salter on 07966 064685.”

Sidmouth Regatta, on Saturday and Sunday, will boat sailing, three-legged and raft races, live music, a massive firework display and much more.

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