Red Arrows roar into town for Pirate Day

The Red Arrows
The Red Arrows

THE Red Arrows will be showing off their spectacular displays in 1066 Country this summer.

Members of the Royal Air Force’s display team are performing on Sunday, July 22, in Hastings, coinciding with Pirate Day, when swashbuckling sea dogs will descend on the town, hoping to again smash the world record for the highest number of pirates in one place.

This is their first display in Hastings since July 16, 1988. The Red Arrows have dropped their annual display at neighbouring Eastbourne’s annual Airbourne show in favour of a performance in Russia.

Their upcoming visit, expected to start between 5pm and 5.30pm, comes after successful negotiations with Pirate Day organiser, Roger Crouch, and Chris Yates, from Heritage Events.

Mr Crouch said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. This is a real coup for the town. We are going to have a very busy week and the Red Arrows display to finish the week off is very exciting. We are going for the world record again on Pirate Day and the display will be a spectacular finale and an end to a wonderful week for Hastings, which starts with the Olympic torch celebrations.”

John Hough, manager of Priory Meadow Shopping Centre, said: “Having worked with Roger to make Pirate Day a great success over the last three years, I’m absolutely thrilled to be able to offer further sponsorship on behalf of the centre to bring the Red Arrows to Hastings.” Cllr Jeremy Birch, leader of Hastings Borough Council, said: “What a fantastic finale to a fantastic week! All credit to Roger for pulling this off.” The week of Olympic-themed celebrations starts on Monday, July 16 with the St Leonards Festival. The torch arrives the next evening.