Red Arrows to return

The Red Arrows low level flypast over 04 threshold at RAF Scampton

The Red Arrows low level flypast over 04 threshold at RAF Scampton

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THE WORLD-FAMOUS Red Arrows will once again tear across the sky as part of Whitby’s Regatta celebrations in August.

This year’s display will take place on 15 August, almost 37 years to the day since the RAF’s iconic acrobatic team first graced Whitby skies.

Red Arrows Boss Sqn Ldr Ben Murphy in Red Suit

Red Arrows Boss Sqn Ldr Ben Murphy in Red Suit

Squadron leader Ben Murphy, known as “Red One”, said: “The Red Arrows are delighted to be displaying in Whitby once again.

“It is always a pleasure to be asked to perform at the Regatta.”

The display team has performed in Whitby 21 times, the last occasion being in August 2009, and Ivor Greer, vice-president of Whitby Regatta, said: “We are delighted to welcome them back, the first entertainment we can confirm for this year’s regatta.

“They are such a crowd puller and they enjoy coming to Whitby because it’s a unique display area to them.

“The cliffs make a very good vantage point for everyone to view them.

“With all the Armed Forces cut backs and things we were thinking we would not get them this year, but we are delghted that they are returning once again.”

The Red Arrows were officially formed in 1965 and have performed more than 4,300 displays in 53 different countries.