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OT but another rouge gov dept.
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Fletcher
2008-05-01 08:27:21 UTC
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The world-famous Red Arrows have been banned from appearing at the 2012
London Olympics because they are deemed 'too British'.

Organisers of the event say that the Arrows military background might be
'offensive' to other countries taking part in the Games. The display team
have performed at more than 4000 events worldwide, but the Department of
Culture, Media and Sport http://www.culture.gov.uk have deemed the display
team 'too militaristically British'. Red Arrows pilots were said to be
'outraged', as they had hoped to put on a truly world class display for the
Games, something which had never been seen before. Being axed from a
British-based event for being 'too British' is an insult - the Arrows are a
symbol of Britain

The Red Arrows have been excellent ambassadors for British overseas trade,
as they display their British-built Hawk aircraft all over the world.

The Arrows performed a short flypast in 2005 when the winning bid was
announced, but their flypast at the Games was to have been truly
spectacular.

It is to be hoped that common sense prevails

If you disagree with this decision, please sign the petition on the link
below:

http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/RedArrows2012/?ref=redArrows2012

Please do forward this on to everyone you can.

John Bennett
656 Sqn Assn
Toffee
2008-05-01 13:13:33 UTC
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Seen this several times before, it's not true. The Red Arrows themselves
deny it here:

http://www.raf.mod.uk/reds/teamnews/index.cfm?storyid=66845B01-1143-EC82-2E376B2F89D95041
Post by Fletcher
The world-famous Red Arrows have been banned from appearing at the 2012
London Olympics because they are deemed 'too British'.
Organisers of the event say that the Arrows military background might be
'offensive' to other countries taking part in the Games. The display team
have performed at more than 4000 events worldwide, but the Department of
Culture, Media and Sport http://www.culture.gov.uk have deemed the display
team 'too militaristically British'. Red Arrows pilots were said to be
'outraged', as they had hoped to put on a truly world class display for
the Games, something which had never been seen before. Being axed from a
British-based event for being 'too British' is an insult - the Arrows are
a symbol of Britain
The Red Arrows have been excellent ambassadors for British overseas trade,
as they display their British-built Hawk aircraft all over the world.
The Arrows performed a short flypast in 2005 when the winning bid was
announced, but their flypast at the Games was to have been truly
spectacular.
It is to be hoped that common sense prevails
If you disagree with this decision, please sign the petition on the link
http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/RedArrows2012/?ref=redArrows2012
Please do forward this on to everyone you can.
John Bennett
656 Sqn Assn
Fletcher
2008-05-01 14:17:07 UTC
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Thanks Toffee, guess I got caught out on this one, it came from what I
thought was a reliable source, I should have checked first. Appologies to
all for the post.
Post by Toffee
Seen this several times before, it's not true. The Red Arrows themselves
http://www.raf.mod.uk/reds/teamnews/index.cfm?storyid=66845B01-1143-EC82-2E376B2F89D95041
Post by Fletcher
The world-famous Red Arrows have been banned from appearing at the 2012
London Olympics because they are deemed 'too British'.
Organisers of the event say that the Arrows military background might be
'offensive' to other countries taking part in the Games. The display team
have performed at more than 4000 events worldwide, but the Department of
Culture, Media and Sport http://www.culture.gov.uk have deemed the
display team 'too militaristically British'. Red Arrows pilots were said
to be 'outraged', as they had hoped to put on a truly world class display
for the Games, something which had never been seen before. Being axed
from a British-based event for being 'too British' is an insult - the
Arrows are a symbol of Britain
The Red Arrows have been excellent ambassadors for British overseas
trade, as they display their British-built Hawk aircraft all over the
world.
The Arrows performed a short flypast in 2005 when the winning bid was
announced, but their flypast at the Games was to have been truly
spectacular.
It is to be hoped that common sense prevails
If you disagree with this decision, please sign the petition on the link
http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/RedArrows2012/?ref=redArrows2012
Please do forward this on to everyone you can.
John Bennett
656 Sqn Assn
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