The organisers of Wellington Carnival Street Fair are delighted to announce that the RAF has approved an application to support the event with a fly-past by an original Lancaster Bomber, a Spitfire and a Hurricane fighter plane, better known as the ‘Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’.
Carnival Secretary Louise Brierley said, “I cannot put into words how ecstatic and grateful we are to the RAF for supporting our event, especially as this year marks 100 years of the RAF. It promises to provide the climax of the day.
“I have lived in Wellington all my life, and cannot recall anything as special and unique as this happening in – or perhaps ‘above’ – our town. This is sure to capture the public’s attention and increase footfall, so will help to reward all those who support the event, including the stall-holders, volunteers, local businesses who open on the day and, of course, all the local entertainment groups who provide entertainment free of charge.”
Carnival Chair Dave Rylatt added, “I’m delighted that Louise has managed to secure this. I know negotiations commenced with the RAF on New Year’s Day and will continue up to the day of the Street Fair. One word of caution is that, whilst the RAF have confirmed the booking, it is still subject to RAF operations coming together up to and including the event and, of course, it requires favourable weather conditions for it to happen.
“The fly-past is due to take place early in the afternoon but we will not receive confirmation until an hour before it takes place so we’ll have to rely on announcements over the PA unit and perhaps social media to keep people informed.
“Stall-holders who wish to take part in the Street Fair are advised that pitches are selling out fast. The organisers only have 20 spaces left so please book now to avoid disappointment.”
Wellington Carnival Street Fair takes place on Sunday June 3rd. Further details of the entertainment schedule will be publicised nearer to the date.
The Street Fair is the main fund-raiser for Wellington Carnival on September 29th this year. Both events are run by volunteers and the Carnival is a not-for-profit organisation, with all surplus funds being distributed to local groups and charities.