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Could you be an advocate for the Red Devils team?

VOLUNTEERS are needed to help out the world-famous Red Devils parachute team when they drop into Whitehaven harbour next month.

Dropping in: Can you help the Red Devils?

By Andrew Clarke

A display by the iconic Devils will be one of the highlights of Whitehaven’s Freedom Parade on Tuesday, May 6.

And volunteers with boats are asked to register to serve as pick-up craft for the jumpers once they land in the harbour, who will then meet fans and sign autographs once they reach dry land.

The air display also features flypast of a Dakota – a World War Two aircraft from the Battle of Britain team – and a jaw-dropping show from Gerald Cooper, one of the best display pilots around.

The displays (scheduled for 12.45pm to 1.30pm) will conclude the parade which begins at 11.30am, to run from the hub along Duke Street, Scotch Street, Lowther Street, King Street and back to the hub for the air displays and speeches.

Held as part of Whitehaven’s World War One Week (May 5 to 10), the parade will include the Band of the Royal Marines followed by the ceremonial unit of the Royal Navy carrying the freedom of the borough scroll, the Army and the RAF. Following them will be a small number of veterans and tri-service cadets.

Gerard Richardson, chief executive of event organisers Whitehaven Festival Company, extended thanks to Cumbria Police and Copeland Council for their support.

He added: “I’m delighted with the scale of the parade as we want it to make a statement of support for the serving and retired servicemen of whom I’m in the latter ranks.

“It’s easy not to think about the work these men and women do but the truth is they volunteer to put their lives on the line for the country so each and every time we get an opportunity to say thank-you we should grab it with both hands.

“The forces’ support for this parade has been remarkable and I hope the town turns out of the shops on mass to give them a warm welcome.”

A spokesperson for the event’s main sponsors, Nuclear Management Partners, said: “The parade is going to be a fitting tribute to our servicemen and women, including all those who fought in World War One.

“NMP is delighted to be the main sponsor of the Whitehaven Festival Company, enabling it to host a week of events in the town. We are particularly looking forward to seeing all the opportunities for local school children to get involved in the activities, and in doing so learn more about the war in which many of their grandparents would have played a role.”

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