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Display times revealed for Folkestone and Hythe RAF 100 featuring the Red Arrows

By Molly Mileham-Chappell

The final timings have been revealed for the Royal Air Force to fly over a seaside town as part of an air display this month.

It was announced back in April that the world famous Red Arrows would be returning to Folkestone this summer for the first time in four years.

The name of this year's long awaited air show is a nod to the centenary year of the RAF - called the Folkestone and Hythe RAF 100.

Red Arrows show off their stunts in 2014. Picture: Gary Browne
Red Arrows show off their stunts in 2014. Picture: Gary Browne

The event is set to take place next weekend on both Saturday, 21 and Sunday, July 22.

On both days, the event kicks off at noon.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will also fly with a Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane on both days.

The showing is seven minutes long and will take place at 1.15pm on the Saturday and 12.15pm on the Sunday.

At 3.30pm on the Sunday, the Red 10 will arrive at Radnor Park.

They will be positioned in a secure area marshalled and roped off.

The Red Arrows will display at 5pm for a 20 minutes presentation on the Sunday only.

Red Arrows open the show in 2014. Picture: Gary Browne
Red Arrows open the show in 2014. Picture: Gary Browne

The organizing team on the ground is led by Roger Crouch.

Mr Crouch served himself with the RAF and site safety meetings with Red 10 have taken place.

The displays will be over the sea and will avoid the Harbour Arm.

He said: "After the huge success of the Red arrows displays in the past we are delighted to see them back in Folkestone and Hythe again.

"The displays, although centred on the Leas, will extend for miles either side so all can see."

Crowds are expected to gather in Folkestone once again for the Red Arrows next weekend like they did in 2014. Picture: Gary Browne
Crowds are expected to gather in Folkestone once again for the Red Arrows next weekend like they did in 2014. Picture: Gary Browne

Chris Yates, event director, said: “We are very much looking forward to working with Folkestone and Hythe District and Folkestone Town councils and value the support they give to these events.

“We are once again working with Academy FM, Leas Cliff Hall and Folkestone rescue all of which make this such a successful event.”

The Step Short war memorial charity's ceremony is due to take place from 10am.

The Red Arrows have been regularly displayed at air shows across the country 1965 - but 2018 will be their first appearance in Folkestone in four years.

Tweets sent out by the Red Arrows' supervisor team Red 10 announcing the cancelled display in 2016
Tweets sent out by the Red Arrows' supervisor team Red 10 announcing the cancelled display in 2016

The team is made up of pilots, engineers and support staff with frontline, operational experience.

The crew perform dives, loops and the famous 'Diamond Nine' shape using skilled and precise flying techniques.

The aerobatic team were last due to be in the town in 2016, but unfortunatly thunder and heavy rain forced the show to be cancelled.

Planes had waited on the ground for more than 40 minutes for a break in the weather to allow them to head to Folkestone.

Red Arrows open the show in 2014. Picture: Gary Browne
Red Arrows open the show in 2014. Picture: Gary Browne

The event two years ago had been designed to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, which was fought throughout the summer of 1940.

Before this, their previous visit was in 2014.

Local traders will also be exhibiting on the Leas over the weekend when thousands of guests are expected to flock to the town.

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