Trip back in time for Red Arrows’ return to Sidmouth

The Red Arrows will be taken for a ride in Sidmouth's famous Toast Rack car

The Red Arrows will be taken for a ride in Sidmouth's famous Toast Rack car - Credit: Archant

The Red Arrows will be taking a trip down memory lane on Friday (August 21) when they return to display at Sidmouth Esplanade.

The last time the Reds displayed in the town was in 2006, after which the increasing demands on organising the event as part of Sidmouth Regatta led to a halt of what up to then had been an annual display.

Now Sidmouth Town Council has stepped in to get the world famous RAF aerobatic display team back to entertain the crowds.

To help mark the return of the RAF team after nearly 10 years, Sidmouth’s famous 1912 Toast Rack car, together with Sidmouth Town Council chairman Jeff Turner, will be at Exeter Airport to greet the team on Thursday at 12.15pm.

Councillor Turner, himself ex-RAF, said: “I am thrilled that Sidmouth Town Council has been able to assist in getting the Red Arrows back to display in the town.

“It is a sight and spectacle to be enjoyed by residents and holiday makers alike and now it is down to people to be generous and give to our collectors to ensure their return in 2016!

“To have the arrows personnel sat on our own local ‘celebrity bus’ is an excellent reflection of old and new.”

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The Red Arrows will be displaying on Esplanade from 6.30pm, with a full commentary from squadron leader Mike Ling.

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