Video and Picture Gallery: Red Lichtie festival success

ORGANISERS have declared Saturday’s festival honouring the 70th anniversary of the Red Lichtie Spitfire an overwhelming success.

A military parade in the High Street, including 200 serving and ex-service personnel and a special fly-past by a spitfire over Victoria Park, marked the occasion for Arbroath’s very own plane.

During the parade X Company of 45 Royal Marine Commando and the attached 7 Sphinx Commando Battery joined Air, Sea and both Royal Artillery and Black Watch Army cadets and 212 (Highland) Battery (Volunteers).

Leading them out were members of the Riders Branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland, their newest offshoot.

Taking the salute was the Lord Lieutenant of Angus, Mrs Georgiana Osborne, and music was provided by the Arbroath branch of the Royal British Legion Scotland Pipe Band and the Arbroath Sea Cadet Band.

Chairman of the Red Lichtie Spitfire group, which has been organising events to mark the milestone, Harry Simpson was delighted with the day.

He said: “We had around 2,000 people between the High Street and Victoria Park and as it was the first time it was done it was a huge success.

“We scored with the weather and the parade and fly-past really did bring a smile to everyone’s faces. People were dancing along to the music in the High Street and it was good to see people so happy.

“The Red Lichtie must never be forgotten and it is important we should have occasions like this. People 70 years ago faced hard times and we are facing hard times now too so there are a lot of similarities.

“There will be more events coming up to mark the anniversary and they will be announced soon.”

To view the gallery of pictures click the link to the right of this story.