Peterhead Scottish Week is delighted to confirm the return of the Red Arrows to help celebrate the gala’s 50th year.
And the town has the determination of the committee and the generosity of Peterhead Port Authority to thank for the major coup.
The announcement comes after a lengthy application process which began way back in 2009. There had been high hopes that Scottish Week’s golden anniversary could be celebrated with the return of the word famous air display team, however in January the committee was told its application had been declined.
Disappointed, but undeterred, the group began the fight for their return and only last week was it informed its application was at last successful.
The Red Arrows last appeared in Peterhead in 1999 and will cost the organisation in excess of £10,000 to bring back on the evening of Friday, July 22.
Half the cost has already been pledged by Peterhead Port Authority which has enabled the group to commit to the show.
Peterhead Port Authority chief executive John Wallace said: “We are delighted to be sponsoring Scottish Week to bring the Red Arrows display team back to Peterhead.
“They put on an exciting show and we hope most people in the town will see the display. Peterhead Port Authority supports a range of events, charities and organisations and this ticked all the boxes.
“It links the port with the local community and has wide appeal. The Scottish Week committee have done a great job pulling together a fabulous programme of events and should be congratulated for their hard work.”
The fight for the return of the display group was led by Scottish Week chairman Graham Barron who admitted that “due to public demand” it was imperative that the Red Arrows returned for the golden anniversary.
He told the Buchanie: “When we were told that we had been unsuccessful, we knew we simply could not accept this decision.
“We could not disappoint the town. So with the backing of our MP Elidh Whiteford we negotiated with the display team and it is with great joy that I had the privilege to return to the committee and tell them they were coming!
“I now urge the people of Peterhead to match the generosity of the Port and dig deep and help us raise the other half.
“When Peterhead Port Authority told us that they would donate half of the fee, our task became more achievable. I must thank them on behalf of the town, they have been continuously good to Peterhead Scottish Week but the donation this year is vital to the return of the Red Arrows.”
The Red Arrows is just one of the many attractions organised to showcase 50 years of Peterhead Scottish Week.
Lots of events have been confirmed with many more to be announced.