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Spitfire confirmed for Preston Armed Forces Day flyover

Posted on - 9th April, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Events, News, Preston City Centre
Spitfire in the skies Pic: Airwolfhound

Spitfire in the skies Pic: Airwolfhound

A Spitfire is to roar across the skies of Preston during the summer’s Armed Forces Day celebration.

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Organisers have revealed the fly past has been secured for the event in June.

With the plane in Wigan and Blackpool on the same day it is not known exactly when the plane will make an appearance.

Armed Forces Champion for Preston City Council Drew Gale said: “We had a Spitfire on the ground last year but to see it come over Preston that will really be something.

“As soon as we can confirm the flyover time we will do.”

The event, which takes place on Saturday 25 June, is free and takes over the Flag Market.

It begins from 11am with a service of remembrance at the Cenotaph and is followed by a host of displays and attractions.

Armed forces on the Cenotaph last year Pic: Paul Swarbrick

Armed forces on the Cenotaph last year Pic: Paul Swarbrick

Drew said: “It’s about us as a city showing over appreciation for what the armed forces do.

“And it’s also a chance for those who serve, and their families, to enjoy a day out in the city centre.”

Preston City Wrestling have hosted an outdoor show for a number of years at the event, but this year it has moved into the Guild Hall.

“It was becoming too popular”, said Drew, “we had thousands of people coming down so there was a real risk.

“The show in the Guild Hall has already sold out although it is free apart from the booking fee.”

Funding for the Armed Forces Day, which runs from 11am to 4pm, comes from the Chamber of Commerce and the University of Central Lancashire.

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