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Peterhead Scottish Week has confirmed the Red Arrows will be blasting their way back to the Blue Toon this summer!

Organisers spoke of their delight yesterday (Monday) as they confirmed the world-famous aerial display team will return to help celebrate the gala’s 51st year on the evening of Saturday, July 28.

The Red Arrows made a welcome return last year and cost the organisation in excess of £10,000 - half of which was generously pledged by Peterhead Port Authority which has enabled the group to commit to the show.

The response from the people of Peterhead was overwhelming with the entire town calling for their return this year.

Their wish has now been granted after last year’s chairman, Graham Barron, sent a personal request to Red Ten asking about the possibility of an encore.

Mr Barron told the Buchanie: “Peterhead Port Authority then told us that they would donate half of the fee again this year, allowing us to pay heed to the pleas of the town for their return.

“I thought it was all pointless as we were fortunate to secure them last year after lots of negations and pure determination, so the possibility of their return was unlikely. Last year I was delighted to announce it but this year I’m ecstatic!”

John Wallace, chief executive of Peterhead Port Authority, told us: “We are delighted to once again 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. It was such a huge success last year, we were without doubt in favour for them returning again this year! 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.”

Chairperson Terry Moran said: “I am delighted we;ve got them, we really didn’t expect it. It came totally out of the blue and was very last minute. We are working with the authorities to fast track things through.

“I just think it’s fantastic. Now if you ask people in Peterhead about Scottish Week they will associate it with the sandcastle competition and the Red Arrows!

“I think people will turn out to see them no matter what the weather as they did last year. It’s such a great thing to see again in Peterhead.”

The Red Arrows is just one of the many attractions organised to showcase 51 years of Peterhead Scottish Week.

Organisers are in the final planning stages of their big Thursday Night on the 26th at the Lido. Following the success of the 50th celebrations it has been decided to once again stage the very popular Bay Swim and Raft Race

This year’s Scottish Week will again have the bay swim as part of the week long events and will take place on Thursday at 6.30pm, free registration taking place at Peterhead Sailing Club at 6pm. The first swimmer will receive a trophy, with each competitor receiving a medal.

If you want to make a splash you can download an entry form from www.peterheadscottishweek.org or email george.buchan1903@tiscali.co.uk

There will be a limited number of 20 spaces available so don’t delay.

Also making a return this summer is the iconic Raft Race. A dominant display by Team Fresh Catch last year left many wondering whether anyone can stop Fresh Catch’s winning streak.

New rules are in place and teams wishing to enter should contact event organiser Scott Ross at scottross1981@gmail.com for an entry form and full list of rules.

Also making a return that evening will be the Monster Wheelie Fire Truck. This stunt specular was hugely popular during its last visit to Peterhead Scottish Week three years ago.

Although there will be no marquee this year, it is hoped that the live music and beer tent will entertain the crowds until the evening draws to close with a magnificent firework display across the bay.

Press officer Graham Barron said: “We truly believe that the evening will have something for everyone. It has all the ingredients for a good night..

“The Thursday evening is only a small part of a huge programme of events, with more big announcements coming soon”