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RAF flypast to thrill Food & Drink Festival goers

Visitors to the first day of City of Wolverhampton's Food & Drink Festival on Saturday 7 July can also enjoy the spectacular sights and sounds of a commemorative Royal Air Force flypast.

RAF flypast to thrill Food & Drink Festival goers - C47 Dakota
C47 Dakota

A C47 Dakota from the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) team will makes three passes above the city centre event at around 2.20pm.

The festival will take place on Wulfruna Street, the Civic Centre Ceremonial car park, St Peter's car park and the pedestrian area outside the University of Wolverhampton's Ambika Paul building.

More than 15,000 free tickets have already been snapped up for the weekend festival on Saturday 7 July and Sunday 8 July (12pm to 8pm on both days). It is the flagship event of this year's packed 'Enjoy Wolverhampton' visitor programme and tickets for both days can be booked online in advance at Wolverhampton Festival of Food and Drink.

Fittingly, the C47 Dakota is a transport aircraft that moved food supplies regularly during wartime.

City of Wolverhampton Council Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, said: "The RAF celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and we are delighted the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight team have chosen to honour one of our most popular city events with a flypast.

"As a city and a council we are signed up to the Armed Forces Covenant and fully support them in any way we can.

"It will be great to see thousands of people at the Food & Drink Festival get to enjoy this spectacular sight - it adds even more to what is a fantastic family event and shows how it is already growing in only its second year."

More than 18,500 people attended the inaugural festival and this year's offer is even bigger and better, with around 80 different food and drink outlets.

Partnerships and collaborations with the likes of Digbeth Dining Club will see award winning street food and drink traders making their City of Wolverhampton debuts.

There will be a wider range of food and drink traders, artisan stalls, and exhibitors, alongside live music, an open-air cinema, Prosecco bar, guest appearances, family area and traditional fairground games.

The BBMF operates from RAF Conningsby, a Typhoon and fighter base, in Lincolnshire.

The mission of the BBMF is to maintain the priceless artefacts of our national heritage in airworthy condition to commemorate those who have fallen in the service of this country, to promote the modern-day Air Force and to inspire future generations.

Flown by regular serving RAF aircrew, the flight operates 6 Spitfires, 2  Hurricane Mk 2Cs, and a Lancaster, as well as a C47 Dakota and 2 Chipmunk aircraft.

  • released: Thursday 28 June, 2018