Flight over county to celebrate Lancashire Day delayed due to 'bad weather'

A plane which was scheduled to fly over the county to celebrate Lancashire Day has been rescheduled due to "fog."

Friday, 27th November 2020, 9:36 am

The day’s organisers, the Friends of Real Lancashire, had hired an aircraft to trail a banner to fly over large swatches of the county for this year's celebration today (November 27).

But they have now confirmed the flight has been rescheduled until Saturday, November 28 due to bad weather.

A spokesman for the Friends of Real Lancashire said: "We have been informed the weather is not looking good for Friday, November 27, Lancashire Day and the Fly Over may be delayed until Saturday when the weather may improve."

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The plane would have started its journey in Blackpool at 9am, making its way over Preston, Chorley, Garstang, Fleetwood, Manchester, and Wigan, before returning to Blackpool at around noon.

Lancashire Day falls on November 27 each year and celebrates the anniversary of King Edward I summoning elected representatives of the county to Westminster to attend the Model Parliament back in 1295.

The Friends of Real Lancashire have been raising awareness of the historic county of Lancashire and its identity since 1996 and usually puts on a variety of events to mark November 27.

This year, however, the Covid-19 pandemic put a spanner in the works for hosting events that bring groups of people together, so the voluntary organisation hired an aircraft to keep the celebrations going.

The Friends of Real Lancashire had hired an aircraft to fly over large swatches of the county.

In a previous statement, group chairman Philip Walsh said: "Since 1996, Friends of Real Lancashire has been at the forefront of coordinating events throughout Lancashire. We have had town criers out in the county shouting the Lancashire Day proclamation; there have been hot pot supers; folk and dialect events; dinners and charity fundraisers.

"We have also distributed Eccles Cakes to food banks. This year, due to the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions, events have been curtailed somewhat so we have decided to take to the skies."

The Friends of Real Lancashire have been approached for more information.

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