Red Arrows to fly over Sidmouth as air show returns in August

The Red Arrows are set to return to the skies over Sidmouth in August as the town welcomes back its annual air show.

The 2020 event was cancelled when the coronavirus pandemic and social distancing rules put a stop to large crowds congregating in public.

Sidmouth Town Council today (Wednesday, May 10) announced the return of the family-friendly air show and, showstoppers the RAF aerobatic team, The Red Arrows.

The event, with fly-pasts over the seafront and Esplanade, is planned for Friday, August 27, at 6pm.

The Red Arrows, who last appeared over Sidmouth in 2019, will be joined by an RAF Dakota of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The town council said exact timings of the flypasts will be announced at a later date.

The organisers said bucket collections will be made on the day, for donations, to help fund the event in future years.

Councillor Ian Barlow, town council chairman, said: “This is fantastic news that after an absence of two years, the Red Arrows are to return to the best possible place to watch them in the country. It’s just the boost we all need at the moment.”

Cllr Louise Cole, Sidmouth Town Council tourism and economy committee chairman, said: “We know just how popular the air show always is. By working closely with our local businesses and supporting such events, we are supporting their recovery to help build increasing confidence together with our support for our tourism industry.”

The town council said the air show will be ‘subject to regulations and the recovery roadmap’.

A Sidmouth Town Council spokesman said: “Details regarding timings and arrangements are still being worked on but the council has confirmed that subject to the Government’s plans for large events, and the continuing improving situation in the country, the air show will take place from approximately 6pm.

“The event will include all the usual extra space for car parking and traffic management including the closure of the esplanade for the public to use for watching and enjoyment.”

He added: “Organisers will once again be appealing for donations and most vitally, collectors, to make sure that this is not a one-off return and that the event continues in future years.”

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