Sterling support (£6k of it) for return of Red Arrows

PUBLISHED: 10:04 27 July 2015

The Red Arrows performing their spectacular display over Sidmouth ten years ago. Ref shs 9920-36-04. Picture: Simon Horn.

The Red Arrows performing their spectacular display over Sidmouth ten years ago. Ref shs 9920-36-04. Picture: Simon Horn.

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The Red Arrows could be secured for next year if every Sid Valley resident gave just £1.

Cash for the Red Arrows-Tom Griffiths, Matthew Weaver, Mike Hext-Ladram Bay, Sara Hook, Colin Pyne, Ian Barlow and Edward Willis-Fleming from Sidmouth Design this week. Ref shs 5447-30-15SH. Picture: Simon HornCash for the Red Arrows-Tom Griffiths, Matthew Weaver, Mike Hext-Ladram Bay, Sara Hook, Colin Pyne, Ian Barlow and Edward Willis-Fleming from Sidmouth Design this week. Ref shs 5447-30-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

That was the message from town councillor Ian Barlow as he praised the businesses that have already pledged £6,000 towards the £15,000 display.

It came in the same week the town council launched an online crowd-funding appeal, where residents have already pledged £500.

“I want to thank all the people who have donated already,” said Councillor Barlow. “The businesses are doing their bit – now it’s your turn. Don’t just take it for granted. This year is taken care of. This appeal is to ensure the Red Arrows come back next year. We would like to raise as much money as possible.”

The Red Arrows last performed over Sidmouth in 2006 as part of the regatta, but as costs escalated it became difficult to pay the bill. The town council made a bid to bring them back and was surprised to be accepted for a display this summer at such short notice – so agreed to underwrite the £15,000 cost of securing them.

Cash for the Red Arrows-Edward Willis-Fleming from Sidmouth Design, Tom Griffiths, Ian Barlow, Sara Hook, Colin Pyne, Mike Hext-Ladram Bay and Matthew Weaver this week. Ref shs 5459-30-15SH. Picture: Simon HornCash for the Red Arrows-Edward Willis-Fleming from Sidmouth Design, Tom Griffiths, Ian Barlow, Sara Hook, Colin Pyne, Mike Hext-Ladram Bay and Matthew Weaver this week. Ref shs 5459-30-15SH. Picture: Simon Horn

Cllr Barlow is now leading the effort to recoup the cost and make the RAF stunt team an annual fixture once again.

“If everyone in Sidmouth gave £1 that will cover it,” he said. “Don’t be shy!”

He asked families to donate £10 and think about what other entertainment they could get for that amount.

The following businesses have committed at least £500: The Bedford Hotel, York Hotel, Sidmouth Hotel Group, Edward Willis Fleming from Sidmouth Design, Winchesters, Richard Heard, Sidmouth Garden Centre and Tom Griffiths, with the Summer Shop and the Fort Café.

The Red Arrows display in Sidmouth will begin at 6.30pm on August 21.

● To support the appeal, visit https://crowdfunding.justgiving.com/simon-pollentine-2.


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