Wakes is flying in 2014

April 22, 2014 | 0 Comments | Filed under: 2014, May 2014

Wakes Week is just around the corner and so are a few amazing surprises! The Wakes Committee is delighted to announce that the Royal Air Force’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will be conducting not one but two flypasts of the Village during Wakes Week.

As part of our contribution to the L’Eroica Cycling Festival celebrations on Sunday 22nd June, we’ve been lucky enough to be able to arrange a Spitfire Flypast at approximately 3pm. We’ve asked for the Spitfire to fly down the Main Street through the Village from the Industrial Estate to St John’s Church.

The Spitfire was produced in greater numbers than any other British combat aircraft before or since the War. Spitfires fought in every operational theatre of the War and remained in RAF front-line service up to 1954. The Spitfire played a major part in achieving ultimate victory in World War Two and truly deserves its place as probably the most successful fighter design ever, and certainly as the most famous and charismatic of all time.

The following weekend on Carnival Day, Saturday 28th June, we are absolutely delighted that a Hurricane will conduct a flypast during the Carnival Parade (approximately 3pm). This time we’ve asked for the Hurricane to fly up the Main Street from the Church to the Industrial Estate (flying up the direction of the Parade so everyone can see it).

The Hawker Hurricane is one of the classic fighters of all time, designed and built for war. It was at the forefront of Britain’s defence in 1940 and it played a major part in achieving the victory of 1945.

Sadly, today, there are only 12 Hurricanes still airworthy worldwide; only 6 of those in UK. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is proud to operate two of these historically important and rare aircraft.

The RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight operates from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire. The aircraft are regularly seen at events, throughout the United Kingdom and Europe…and now in Tideswell!!

We won’t get confirmation of the detailed timings and routes for each flypast until the beginning of June so keep an eye on our website www.tideswellwakes.info and our Tideswell Wakes Festivities Facebook page for the updated information.

Sadly, Queen Sophie and Princess Imogen will be retiring from duties this year. So, if you would like the opportunity to represent the village and want to know more please contact us via email committee@tideswellwakes.info or come and see us at the Food Festival on 3rd May!

The programme of events is all coming together and June looks to be a lively and exciting time in the village with live entertainment, food, drink, music, arts and much more! So spread the word to family farther afield and get them to come and join in with the festivities!!

Check out our new look website www.tideswellwakes.info which will keep you up to date with all the latest news from the team.

 

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