The world’s most famous aerobatic display team flew over Clitheroe Castle on Saturday - giving a magnificent display to thousands of people attending the annual food festival
The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, or Red Arrows, roared over Castle Street, en-route to the Blackpool Air Show, to celebrate the town's seventh food festival.
Representing the speed, agility and precision of the RAF, the Red Arrows have performed in their distinctive Hawk jets more than 4,800 times across the world.
Thousands of people descended into Clitheroe on Saturday to sample a feast of riches. For one day of the year, Clitheroe town centre is taken over by food and drink stalls, run by businesses handpicked from across the county, sampling and selling their wares with demonstrations and food-related entertainment. Town centre shops had festooned the streets with bunting and flags, and dressed their windows with eye-catching displays, in preparation for the event.
The streets were abuzz with live music, street food, tastings and talks, as well as funfairs and children’s entertainment in the Castle grounds. Stallholders included The Real Thai Pie Company, who provide an exotic twist on a Northern classic, Fat Jax Chutney, Retro Shots and the ever-popular Batch Gin. Appearing for the first time this year was the North West Mad Science Show, giving action-packed interactive science demonstrations to entertain all ages, as well as wine tasting, chocolate making and demonstrations from Paul’s Kitchen.
The festival, run in partnership with Ribble Valley Borough Council and the kind sponsorship of many local businesses, has increased in popularity by several thousand visitors in the last few years and is claimed to be in the top 10 best food festivals in the country.
Speaking about the Red Arrows display, Stuart Carefoot, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee, said the fly-over was a rare occurrence and a privilege for the borough.
He said: “The Red Arrows are one of the most celebrated aerobatic display teams in the world and a fly-over by them is a rare occurrence for which we are honoured and privileged."
Mr Michael Ranson, chair of the Clitheroe Food Festival Board, commented, "We are absolutely delighted to report another successful festival. Thousands of visitors enjoyed the great atmosphere and the finest Lancashire food and drink produce. It's a great family free day out and a wonderful showcase of beautiful historic Clitheroe."