In an exciting development, the organisers of Dawlish Celebrates Carnival 2016 are delighted to announce that the world famous Red Arrows have been booked as a stunning curtain-raiser for this year’s Carnival Procession on Friday 19th August.

Organisers of Dawlish Celebrates Carnival approached the Air Show Committee to ask for their help to make this happen. After the disappointment felt by residents at the thought of the Airshow and Carnival, as well as the Triathlon, not going ahead this year, this announcement will do a lot to lift the spirits of residents and traders alike.

Kevin Wills, Chairman of the Dawlish Airshow Committee, commented: “We have welcomed the opportunity to work with Dawlish Celebrates Carnival as it benefits the town including its residents and businesses. The relationship the Air Show has with the Red Arrows has meant they were happy to work with us and include us into their already busy schedule.

Red Arrows

Red Arrows

Councillor Terry Lowther, Chair of the Dawlish Town Council Events Committee, was delighted when the Air Show team said that they may be able to get the Red Arrows to be part of the “Dawlish Celebrates Carnival” celebration in August.

The main Air Show was cancelled early this year due to expected onerous safety legislation coming on top of the sheer exhaustion of the Air Show team. But when Kevin Wills contacted the Arrows with the sad news, he found them to be almost as disappointed as those of us in Dawlish who look forward every year to their spectacular display. The Red Arrows are a real Dawlish institution. The pilots love coming to Dawlish as the bay is such a great place to perform aerobatics. They are delighted to be coming back to the town.

However, there’s always a downside…Red Arrow expenses are high and the whole town is to be asked to help.

The three-person Air Show group have very generously not only offered all their help and invaluable advice to the community group coordinating the week’s events, they are prepared to fund half of the cost as they also need to keep a healthy bank balance as they are still hoping to have a larger display next year.

© Darron Hall

© Darron Hall

This means we still need to raise £6500 through donations and sponsorship to make sure that the free-to-watch display can go ahead.

Cash and cheque donation can be made at the Town Council Offices at the Manor House and watch this space for online donations.

Visit http://www.dawlishcarnival.co.uk/ for info and to donate.

The display itself will take place at 7.00pm on Friday 19th August. As regulars will know, you can’t afford to be late. The Red Arrows always arrive right on time!”

Dawlish Celebrates Carnival would like to say a very big thank you to Kevin Wills, Jenny Connor, Ali Aitchison and the RAF Events Team for making this possible.

Please help in any way you can to keep alive our great Dawlish Celebrates tradition.