It’s almost ‘chocks away’ for the annual B/E Aerospace Festival of Flight organised by Down District Council.
Tens of thousands of people are expected to flock into the Mournes region to enjoy a spectacular day that blends some of Europe’s most exciting aerobatical displays with ground level family fun and activities – and it’s all free.
U105 with Maurice Jay and Julian Simmons will keep everyone up-to-date from 12 noon from the festival stage on the Promenade creating an atmosphere to match the aerial excitement and making sure everyone knows what’s on, when and where, so arrive in good time and enjoy a relaxing tour of our Aviation Village and soak up the atmosphere with lots of great street entertainment throughout the morning from 10am.
To celebrate another aviation centenary this year the RAF will pay a special tribute to history’s pioneering aviators from the United Kingdom and Ireland as the first association between the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and Ireland was truly historic, when on 1 September 1913, Captain George Dawes, who had been born in Dublin, landed his Maurice Farman Longhorn on the beach at Newcastle, Co. Down, on his way to take part in large-scale Irish Command manoeuvres near Limerick. This was the first ever overseas deployment of the RFC and the first military aeroplane to land in Ireland. To celebrate the centenary of the remarkable flight of Captain George Dawes and of all the pioneering aviators from Great Britain and Ireland, helicopters from Joint Helicopter Command (JHC) and the Irish Air Corps will take part in a fly past as part of the day’s celebrations.
Traffic and parking arrangements on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 August 2013 will be in operation so please check out the local press for information or our website/facebook sites for further information. Please expect delays on Saturday 10 August on all routes into Newcastle and therefore allow extra time for your journey, and remember to keep pets indoors for the duration of the display. Down District Council is also providing additional FREE parking at multiple locations, follow the AA signage on approach. There will also be a free Translink Park and Ride facility from the Northfield site on A50 Castlewellan Road, follow the AA signs on approach. The free Translink Park and Ride bus service will operate from 9am-9pm.
To find out more about the B/E Aerospace Festival of Flight check out www.downdc.gov.uk, or follow us on www.facebook.com/DownFestivals, twitter@DownFestivals. For a free festival programme contact our Festival Office on 028 4372 2222.