ONE of the world’s top aerobatics teams has pledged to perform for free at Clacton Air Show next year - if people dig deep for charity.

The Blades, who are all former Red Arrows pilots, will take to the skies over the town if 20 people can each raise £2,000 for the RAF Association’s Wings Appeal.

In return fundraisers will get the chance of a lifetime to fly in formation with The Blades at their home base in Northamptonshire.

Tendring Council leisure boss Stephen Mayzes said it was a groundbreaking proposal.

“The Blades appear regularly at the event and are one of our top attractions," he said.

“To get them appearing for free would be a major boost, while also raising money for the Wings Appeal and it seemed well worth pursuing with them.”

Anyone can take part, but the minimum age to fly with the Blades is 12 and under-18s will need their parents’ consent.

Anyone interested in joining the Blades in the air should email or call 0116 268 8763.