The salute to our Armed Forces will take place in Cleethorpes next month
The nation’s top RAF display teams will thrill crowds at the Armed Forces weekend in Cleethorpes.
The Red Arrows, The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Typhoons from RAF Coningsby will be among the top attractions at the celebration of our Armed Forces on June 25 and 26, organisers revealed. There will also be a display by The Royal Navy Wild Cats which will be seen the length of the seafront of the resort.
Director of the North East Lincolnshire Armed Forces Major Events Team, Gavin Marshall said the celebration and honour to the Armed Forces in Cleethorpes will be the biggest display since the resort hosted the National Armed Forces event in 2016. Read more: 97 old pictures to celebrate Armed Forces Weekend This year’s national event will be staged in Scarborough on the same weekend. The RAF has agreed to give displays in Cleethorpes to coincide with the national event, just minutes away by fly time.
Gavin said: “We are delighted that we can have the RAF assets in Cleethorpes as well as the national event in Scarborough. There will be two days of great flying to see and we have been allowed to piggyback on the national event.
“On Saturday there will be a Squadron 29 Typhoon, the full Battle of Britain Memorial Flight with the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane and our Red Arrows. We are also delighted to have the P51 Mustang as the crowd have a passion for some of our older aircraft as well.
“It will return on Sunday, along with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and a Typhoon display. Another highlight will be the Royal Navy’s Wild Cat display team with their helicopters which promises to be a magnificent sight.
“It is going to be a fabulous weekend and there will be plenty of opportunity for people to see the displays on both days. People need this. We are hoping it will attract people from further afield, as well as local residents. The Red Arrows have a national following and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is a great crowd pleaser. ”We will have the spotters and we hope everyone enjoys the spectacle. Everyone has worked hard to prepare for the Armed Forces Weekend, and it has been a team effort.”
It will provide a much-needed boost to traders and restaurant and bar owners in Cleethorpes as around 200,000 spectators visit the area for Armed Forces events.
The Armed Forces Event had to be cancelled due to the risk of coronavirus and last year’s event was also cancelled because of restrictions. But organisers say this year’s event will be a post-Covid-19 unifier to bring people together to salute our Armed Forces.
There will also be a parade and Army, Royal Navy and other military associations, including veterans, will have displays.