Fighter jet flyby over Leicester canceled

A magnificent piece of British history that was due to fly over the skies of Leicester tomorrow has been cancelled. Hurricane Hawker, a symbol of British World War II victory over the Luftwaffewas to be part of tomorrow’s Armed Forces Day events, taking place in central Leicester.

Leicester City Council, however, tonight said the flypast had been suspended. The vintage plane can’t fight the forecast weather conditions.

Tomorrow’s celebrations – the first to take place since 2019 due to the Covid-19 pandemic – are otherwise unaffected. Armed Forces Day is seen as an opportunity for everyone to show their support for the men and women who have served and are serving their country.

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In a statement, Leicester City Council said: “We are sorry to say that due to forecasted weather conditions the hurricane flyby has to take place. […] in Leicester cannot take place. The rest of the event will continue as planned.

The flypast was originally to feature a Spitfire, before it was replaced by the Hawker Hurricane. He was to follow a parade of 400 men led by the Seaforth Highlanders. The parade, which begins at 10.30am, begins in the High Street and ends in Green Dragon Square before leading into an outdoor service which will be led by the Bishop of Loughborough, Saju Muthalaly. The 30-minute service will include reflections from a serving soldier and performances from the Cottesmore Military Wives Choir.