Aviation enthusiasts are in for a treat today, as the iconic Red Arrows take to the skies over Cambridgeshire to mark VJ Day.
Today (August 15) the Red Arrows will conduct a flypast tribute around the UK including Edinburgh, Belfast, Cardiff and London with its path including The Royal Hospital Chelsea, home to three Burma Star recipients.
The flypast is taking place to honour Victory in Japan (VJ) Day 75 and is the first such flight since the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
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On its route the Red Arrows will fly over parts of Cambridgeshire later today including Melbourne, Royston and Peterborough (a full list – with times – can be found below).
As well as Cambridgeshire, the flypast will include the ‘Royal Hospital Chelsea’ and the ‘Shuttleworth Magnificent Musical Flying Display Drive-in’.
Two minute silence today
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales, accompanied by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall, will also lead a national two-minute silence today.
At 11am the country will pay tribute to the sacrifices made by those who fought in the Far East to bring about the end of the Second World War.
The conflict against Japan endured three months beyond Victory in Europe (VE) Day on May 8 1945, with brutal fighting only ending with the Japanese surrender on August 15.
Red Arrows route around Cambridgeshire
At 5pm the Red Arrows will begin the third and final section of their route, starting in Cardiff and heading east, over Reading, London and Essex, before turning north through parts of Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
An interactive map listed online shows the route of the Red Arrows going just south of Cambridge, then passing Melbourne and Royston. Then finally they will fly north of the city past St Neots towards Peterborough.
These are the following points and times which have been listed on the route:
Residents around Cambridgeshire are most likely to see the planes flying over around these times as they move from one to another.
1. Hawkedon, Bury Saint Edmunds, at 5.39pm
2. Barkway, Royston, at 5.43pm
3. Ashwell near Melbourn at 5.44pm
4. Upper Caldecote, Biggleswade, at 5.46pm
20. Haddon, Peterborough at 5.50pm
21. South of Peterborough at 5.51pm
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “When the Second World War ended 75 years ago with the surrender of Japan, British soldiers, sailors and airmen were serving in the Far East, fighting hard to achieve victory – and were among the last to come home.
“On this anniversary I want to remember what we owe the veterans of the Far East campaign. They brought an end to the Second World War, they changed the course of history for the better, liberated South East Asia, and many paid the ultimate sacrifice.
“That’s why on this remarkable anniversary – and every day hereafter – we will remember them.”