THE world famous Red Arrows will be returning to Clacton this summer for the town’s 21st air show.
The display team will perform on the second day of the popular event on August 24.
It was forced to pull out of the show last year following the death of Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging at Bournemouth Air Show the weekend before.
Following the further tragedy of the death of Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham, who died at RAF Scampton in November, there was doubt over how many shows the Red Arrows would be taking part in this year.
But, despite the team having a busy summer with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and the London 2012 Olympics, they have confirmed they will fly at Clacton Air Show, which is organised by Tendring Council.
Stephen Mayzes, cabinet member for tourism, said: “The Red Arrows have been regular visitors to our event over the past 20 years and are, without doubt, the highlight of any air show.
“We are absolutely delighted that they have confirmed their attendance for August 24 and will be part of an exciting line-up.
“The team is working hard to pull together a spectacular programme both in the air and on the ground and we hope to have a few new additions to announce over the coming weeks, including an unexpected surprise for flight enthusiasts.”