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Famous Red Arrows to Fly Over Clitheroe Castle

Published Thursday, 10 August 2017

The world’s most famous aerobatic display team is to fly over Clitheroe Castle on Saturday (12 August).

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, or Red Arrows, will fly over Clitheroe Castle and Castle Street at 3.55pm en route to the Blackpool Air Show.

Representing the speed, agility and precision of the RAF, the Red Arrows have performed in their distinctive Hawk jets more than 4,800 times across the world.

Their fly-over will take place as the seventh Clitheroe Food Festival draws to a close.

Stuart Carefoot, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee, said the fly-over was a rare occurrence and a privilege for the borough.

He said: “The Red Arrows are one of the most celebrated aerobatic display teams in the world and a fly-over by them is a rare occurrence for which we are honoured and privileged, particularly on the day that Clitheroe is hosting its popular food festival.

“The weather forecast is good and we are looking forward to a fantastic festival topped by this unique spectacle, which will be witnessed by thousands of people.”

The Red Arrows fly-over comes just five months after the Prince of Wales visited Clitheroe for a special food festival preview.

The festival, run in partnership with Ribble Valley Borough Council, is one of the most successful events of its kind in the UK, attracting up to 20,000 visitors.

Now in its seventh year, it showcases over 100 of the best food and drink producers in Lancashire, as well as pop-up restaurants and bars, demonstrations, tutored talks, wine and chocolate-tastings, live music, a Pudding Fest and children’s funfair.

As well as the fly-over, visitors to Saturday’s festival can expect an array of wonderful foods, from organic meat and dairy produce made from traditional Lancashire breeds, to handmade pies and pastries and a feast of fruit and vegetables packed with authentic, home-grown flavours.

Stallholders will include the Real Thai Pie Company, Fat Jax Chutney and Retro Shots, as well as action-packed interactive science displays from the North West Mad Science Show and demonstrations by Paul’s Kitchen.

Town centre shops have festooned the streets with bunting and flags, and dressed their windows with eye-catching displays, in preparation for the event.


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