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Dorset village offers prize of day with The Red Arrows

LAST year the world famous RAF aerobatic team, which has appeared in the skies across the world, was due to fill the sky over Drimpton, west Dorset, on the village’s annual FUN DAY.

But low cloud got in the way! Well, fingers crossed for sunshine on SATURDAY August 20th this year, because the Reds are due to fly past at 3.50pm precisely to close the day of traditional fun and games.

And not only that, but they have offered a very special, once-in-a-lifetime prize for the Grand Draw.

Not a bottle of wine, a box of chocolates or even a cuddly toy.

They are giving ‘A DAY FOR 2 with THE REDS’!

Mike Saunders, the chair of the Fun Day Committee, and formerly with the RAF, says: ‘Last year the Reds couldn’t fly because of the weather.

They realised how much the village had been looking forward to them appearing, so they wanted to make up for it.

‘This prize is an amazing offer.

‘The lucky winners will travel to the Reds’ base in Lincolnshire. They will meet the pilots and their engineers, watch a display from the control tower, and have their photo taken with the pilots and one of their iconic planes. Then they will be involved in the debriefing session before having a light lunch with the pilots.

‘It doesn’t come any better!

‘The village is amazed to have such a prize in their Grand Draw, the proceeds from which will help the committee provide funding to develop and refurbish the Village Hall and support other village ventures.

‘At a time when money is tight and village communities are under pressure The Red Arrows are helping us help ourselves. We cannot thank them enough.’

The Fun Day is for everyone. Parking and entry is free. Gates open at 11.30am and events run non-stop from 12noon to 4.00pm.

During the afternoon the Recreation Field will be full of activities for all ages, including a Fair, Stalls, Football, Tug-of-War, Skittles, Archery, Races and Steam Train, with refreshments, bar, BBQ and live music from well-known local band, ‘The Sidekicks’, who will also be playing throughout the evening at the Summer Dance which begins at 8.00pm.

For full details of the programme, go to www.drimptonfunday.org.uk 

But here’s the essentials:

DRIMPTON FUN DAY

Saturday 20th August from 12noon till 4.00pm

At Drimpton Village Recreation Field

With the world famous RAF RED ARROWS fly past at 3.50pm!

Traditional fun and games for all ages,

Steam Train, Football, Tug-Of-War, Skittles, Races and Archery

Fair, Stalls and Refreshments

Live Music and Bar

GRAND DRAW: First Prize – ‘A Day For 2 with the RED ARROWS’

FREE parking and entry – Gates open at 11.30am

SUMMER DANCE

Saturday 20th August from 8.00pm to 12midnight

At Drimpton Village Hall

With Live Music from The Sidekicks

Disco and Bar

Tickets: £6