The Royal Air Force’s world-famous aerobatics team is back for the third year on Wednesday August 10 in Falmouth inner harbour, as part of Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week. Last year an estimated 25,000 people flocked to the town and took up positions along the waterfront to watch the awesome display.
Dave Ellis, chairman of FHC, said: “The Red Arrows have fast become one of the highlights of Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week – and rightly so. We are proud to be bringing them back to Falmouth for the third year, and are counting down the days until they perform.”
Since the team was formed in 1965, it has performed more than 4,000 displays in 53 different countries. All of the Red Arrows pilots have previously served in the front line as jet pilots in the Royal Air Force, with many having recently returned from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mr Ellis said: “The Red Arrows are so busy and have such an intense schedule so we were all delighted when they confirmed. The great thing about it is that everyone can enjoy it; be it racers or non-racers, visitors or locals. It is great to have something that has such a wide appeal.”
As well as bringing the Red Arrows to town, FHC is preparing for a busy week both on and off the water.
Hundreds of extra boats and visitors are expected to take to the water throughout the week-long event and FHC, longstanding supporters of Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week, once again prepare themselves for the influx.
FHC play a major role in ensuring sailors and teams competing in events over the week long festival remain safe, both whilst out at sea and when moored within the harbour.
As part of the safety campaign, FHC is bringing in extra patrols for the duration of the event. They also work closely with race organisers and commercial shipping to ensure the events run as smoothly as possible.
Falmouth Week is one of the busiest weeks in Falmouth and the level of activity in the harbour is no exception. With so many visitors in the town and additional vessels on the water, extra vigilance and consideration is needed to ensure that everyone enjoys their time at sea.
Harbour Master, Captain Mark Sansom said: “Falmouth Week is always busy and we want everyone to enjoy themselves while they are here so we are reminding all those out on the water to make sure that they maintain a proper lookout, keep safety at the forefront of their minds and be considerate to others.”
The Red Arrows will perform at 1815 on Wednesday, August 10 2011, weather permitting. For more information visit the website, www.falmouthport.co.uk.
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