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Red Arrows to return to Folkestone

By Molly Mileham-Chappell

It's been confirmed the Red Arrows will return to Folkestone this summer for the first time in four years.

The aerobatic display team were last due to be in the town in 2016, where they waited on the ground for more than 40 minutes for a break in the weather to allow them to head to Folkestone.

Unfortunately, thunder and heavy rain forced the show to be cancelled.

Red Arrows at the Folkestone Airshow in 2014
Red Arrows at the Folkestone Airshow in 2014

Before this, their previous visit had been in 2014.

Their appearance will be part of an air show on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 to 22, including the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight with a Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane on both days.

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

The Red Arrows have been displaying since 1965.

Red Arrows opened the Folkestone Airshow in 2014
Red Arrows opened the Folkestone Airshow in 2014

The team is made up of pilots, engineers and support staff with frontline, operational experience who perform dives, loops and their famous Diamond Nine shape with precise flying techniques.

The organizing team on the ground led by Roger Crouch, who served with the RAF, have already had site safety meetings with Red 10 and the display will be over the sea with the display line avoiding the Harbour Arm.

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.”

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