Battle of Britain flypast for Skegness during So Festival

A battle of Britain memorial flypast is planned for So Festival 2014.
A battle of Britain memorial flypast is planned for So Festival 2014.

The iconic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) will be flying over Skegness on July 6, as part of this year’s SO Festival finale weekend.

The classic fighter Planes will fly over the seaside resort Continuing this year’s theme of transport.

Visitors to this year’s SO Festival will be treated to a classic aerial display by the Royal Air Force when Britain’s historically famous fighter planes soar through the skies of East Lindsey as part of the event’s finale weekend.

The iconic Avro Lancaster, Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane, which were built for and fought in the Second World War, will perform a flyover above Skegness on Sunday, July 6, as part of the Royal Air Force’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Portfolio Holder for Culture, Leisure and Tourism at East Lindsey District Council, Councillor Adam Grist, said: “The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is such a significant representation of our country’s history, so we are delighted to be working with the Royal Air Force to give the visitors of SO Festival the opportunity to see these legendary aircrafts in flight.”

“SO Festival is such a diverse event, and we want to encourage people with different interests and backgrounds to come to the district, as there really is something for everyone to enjoy, whether it be art, comedy, music or our own historical heritage,” he added.

The Officer Commanding, Squadron Leader Duncan Mason, said: “The Team really enjoys carrying out displays in Lincolnshire, the original Bomber County during WWII, and look forward to supporting this event.”

He added: “With the anniversary of D-Day and also the arrival of the Lancaster from the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in August, this is a very special year for the Flight and we look forward to celebrating and commemorating it with the audience at SO Festival. Lest We Forget.”

One of the planes set to soar above SO Festival, the rare Avro Lancaster, is named the most famous and successful heavy-bomber aircraft of the war.

First taken to the skies in 1941, there are now only two flightworthy Lancasters left in existence.

The second plane to fly in the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is the Spitfire, hailed as the most effectively designed fighter plane of all time and built in 1938, it continued to fly on the frontline for the Royal Air Force until 1954.

Finally, the Hawker Hurricane was the first British monoplane eight-gun fighter and the first aircraft to exceed 300mph in flight; there are only 12 Hurricanes left that are still airworthy.

In addition to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, confirmed acts for SO Festival 2014’s finale weekend also include the magnificent Insect Circus, compelling outdoor art and dance installations from Without Walls and performances from Lincolnshire’s best unsigned artists.

The event’s finale weekend will also feature a thrilling Saturday night spectacular, complete with fire, light and fireworks.

Funded by East Lindsey District Council, Arts Council England and Centrica Energy, SO Festival 2014 will follow last year’s successful format, with nine days of amazing shows, events and art, taking place across East Lindsey between June 28 and July 6.