Posted: Wed 21st Feb 2024

2024 Rhyl Air Show cancelled as Red Arrows unable to take part for people living in or visiting the Wrexham area
This article is old - Published: Wednesday, Feb 21st, 2024

The Rhyl Air Show will not be taking place this year as one of the star attractions is unable to take part.

The decision has been taken not to hold the event this summer following the announcement that the Red Arrows will be away taking part in an international tour.

Several other UK air shows have also been cancelled this year for similar reasons.

Organisers Denbighshire Leisure Limited said the decision to cancel Rhyl Air Show had not been easy but claimed it would be “impossible” to put the event on without the Red Arrows.

Managing director Jamie Groves said: “It is with a heavy heart that we have decided not to run the Rhyl Air Show this year.

“The Red Arrows have been an integral part of the air show programme over many years, usually providing a spectacular finale to the shows.

“Unfortunately, we have been informed that they will be away on an international tour over the summer, and unavailable for UK displays.

“With the programme already subject to scrutiny over recent years, we believe the Red Arrows to be irreplaceable, and that their loss would inevitably lead to criticism of the air show.

“We have concluded that it would be impossible for DLL to deliver a show in keeping with the proud tradition of the Rhyl Air Show, which also meets public expectations, but we will come back in 2025 stronger”

Graham Boase, chief executive of Denbighshire County Council, said: “We understand the decision will be a disappointment to those who regularly attend the air show, and also to local businesses.

“We fully appreciate the economic impact of the events to Rhyl, and as a council we remain committed to working with DLL to build the town’s reputation as a destination for major events. We will work with DLL to seek alternative events.”

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