When is Folkestone Armed Forces Day 2019 along the the Leas and what time is the Red Arrows display?

by Molly Mileham-Chappell

Fancy seeing a display by the Red Arrows this weekend?

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team’s performance will coincide with Armed Forces Day this Sunday.

The display will last 20 minutes - the same as last year.

The Red Arrows are coming to Folkestone
The Red Arrows are coming to Folkestone

This year marks the 11th annual Armed Forces Community Fun Day and will also include parachute regiments and memorial aircraft.

The free event is designed to recognise service personnel, veterans and cadets past, present and future the prime focus.

Vicky Deakin, communities and events officer at Folkestone Town Council (FTC) said: "We expect to see over 40,000 visitors to Folkestone on the day to attend one of the relatively few displays the Red Arrows will provide in the UK this year as they are off on tour to America and Canada in August for two months."

The area behind the bandstand will be dedicated to stalls including a field kitchen, cadet’s laser shooting tents, face painting, military benevolent organisations and vehicle displays.

There will also be the Great War Trench Experience, a flight simulator, funfair, and Battle of Britain and weapon display stand.

Thousands are expected to watch the display
Thousands are expected to watch the display

Running order of Folkestone Armed Forces Day 2019

10.45 – 11:00 in the Main Arena:

- The Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment band march from the memorial arch, playing to Bandstand

- Play on standard bearers and cadets with national anthem

- Introductions by Folkestone Town Mayor

- Sea cadets, air cadets and army cadets with raising of the flags

11:15 – 11:45: Blue Falcons gymnastic display team in the main arena display area

12:00 – 12:20: The Dulcettes perform on the bandstand

13:00 – 13:30: PWRR ‘The Tigers’ parachute team display at the Grand drop zone

13:30 – 14:00: The Princess of Wales’s royal regiment band in the main arena

14:00 – 14:20: Royal Gurkha regiment taekwondo display and Dakota air display

14:30 – 15:00: Cadet units tug of war competition in main arena

15:00 – 15:15: Spitfire air display

15:25 – 15:50: Lindy hoppers themed dance act in main arena

16:00 – 16:20: Red Arrows display over the sea view from the Leas

16:40 – 17:10: Kent Military Community Choir on the bandstand

17:00: Mayor’s thank you and farewell speech, prayers, sunset and lowering of the flags in main arena

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