World War II Flypast at Whittlesey Festival

Dakota plane

Dakota plane - Credit: Archant

Prepare to be ‘wowed’ at the Whittlesey Festival this year on Sunday September 6.

Amongst the fun and excitement of the day you will be treated to a nostalgic World War II ‘Dakota’ aircraft flypast.

The ‘Dakota’ was the most numerous transport aircraft of the war with over 1,900 aircraft eventually being supplied to the RAF as they served in all areas of operation.

On D-Day they dropped some of the Parachute Brigade in Normandy and were also used as freighters, air ambulances and personnel transport. This is bound to bring a tear to the eye as we are reminded of all those who served and sacrificed so much for us during the war.

In contrast sounds of laughter and music will fill the air as children enjoy the rides (some of which are free or subsidised) and many attractions including free puppet shows and face-painting. There will be music to suit all tastes including new this year a Steel Band to really add to a carnival atmosphere. Singers performing a variety of genres of music and dancers of many styles are there to entertain you throughout the day. You will also be treated to the sound of pipes and drums by the Haverettes All -Girl Marching band and the Peterborough Highland Band.


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Don’t forget to line the streets from 10am to wave and cheer on the Parade as it winds its way from Broad Street ending in the Market Square where the mayor will officially open the festival.

Why not pay a visit to the schools art exhibition where over 100 entries will be on display at the Whittlesey Christian Church in Broad Street.

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What a proud day for those students from Sir Harry Smith Community College, Alderman Jacobs, Park Lane and New Road school who worked hard on their entries and will have their work seen by many on the day.

Come and enjoy looking around the many stalls that will line the streets and areas near the Market Square together with the amazing display of Vintage vehicles along Broad Street and Market Street. If you would like more information about the Festival please contact Brian Smithyman on 01733 752093 or Jenny Parker on 01733 351005.

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