Red Lichtie festival tomorrow

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ARBROATH will be gripped by Red Lichtie fever tomorrow (Saturday) during a large scale military parade and a very special fly-past.

The Red Lichtie Spitfire Group have organised an Armed Forces parade to kick off the celebration of Arbroath’s very own Second World War Spitfire.

Around 200 service personnel, including X Company of 45 Royal Marine Commando and the attached 7 Sphinx Commando Battery will join Air, Sea and both Royal Artillery and Black Watch Army cadets and 212 (Highland) Battery (Volunteers).

Leading the parade will be between 20 and 30 members of the Riders Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, their newest offshoot.

Other veterans will take part representing the Arbroath branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, the Royal Marines Association, the Black Watch Association, Royal Artillery Association, Royal Observer Corps Arbroath and the Fleet Air Arm.

Flanking the Lord Lieutenant of Angus Mrs Georgiana Osborne on the saluting dias outside the Sheriff Court, will be two 105mm light guns supplied by Sphinx Battery.

Prior to attending the saluting dias, Red Lichtie Spitfire Group chair Harry Simpson and Arbroath Royal British Legion Scotland president Ian Ballantyne will entertain the VIPs in the Helen Street clubrooms.

The parade will be ready to begin at 1 p.m. from Kings Drive and proceed along Hill Road, then Hill Street before marching along the High Street where the Lord Lieutenant will receive the salute.

The column will then return to Kings Drive via Hill Place. Around 200 participants are expected and it should take around 40 minutes from start to finish.

The Arbroath British Legion Scotland pipers and the Arbroath Sea Cadet Band will provide the music for the parade.

At Victoria Park at 1.58 p.m. a vintage hand siren will sound signalling the approach of the special guest, a fly-by at 2 p.m. by a genuine Spitfire.

There will then be around 10 minutes of aerial acrobatics to entertain the crowds, and there will be information stalls about the various groups on display.