Red Arrows to receive medals for commitment to the Island
MEMBERS of the Red Arrows are due to be presented with Bailiff’s Silver Medals at Government House next week in honour of their commitment to the Island.
The group, who are based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, have come to Jersey every year since 1965, apart from last year when they were ordered to take part in a diplomatic tour in Pakistan.
Now, the team are due to attend a ceremony being held at Government House next Wednesday which will feature a fly-past from a Spitfire.
The Band of the Island of Jersey will also be conducting a Beating Retreat – a traditional military ceremony first used to recall nearby patrolling units to their castle.
Deputy Mike Higgins, organiser of the Jersey International Air Display, said that he had been trying to organise the reception for a number of years.
‘We were going to do it in the Royal Square but we had timing issues so we are going to do it at Government House,’ he said.
‘Originally, the Lieutenant-Governor was going to present the medals but he is not available so the Deputy Bailiff is going to do it instead.
‘In this year’s display, we have an additional, second Spitfire coming and that will be doing a fly-past during the reception. It will be a really nice way to start off the display.’
Deputy Higgins added that war veterans and air display sponsors would be attending the event.
He also said both the team’s pilots and support crew were very fond of coming to Jersey and that this year they would be holidaying in the Island before leaving for their next assignment.
‘At the start of every season the team are invited to say where they want to go and I have heard that we are at the top or at number two, so they really do enjoy coming here,’ he said.
‘They are here from Wednesday until Sunday before they head off to Menorca, so they are getting a few extra days here this time.
‘It is a bit of rest and relaxation for them as they have quite a hefty season. They go around the Island, play golf – the season can be very stressful for them and it allows them an opportunity to wind down.’
The Red Arrows are due to arrive in the Island next Wednesday afternoon ahead of the display in St Aubin’s Bay next Thursday, which begins at 1 pm.