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Red Arrows ‘banned from 2012 Olympics’? – not so, it seems.

October 4, 2007

A story is circulating that the world-famous Red Arrows have been banned from appearing at the 2012 London Olympics because they are deemed “too British”. This story has given rise to an on-line petition to the Prime Minister at this address.http://petitions.pm.gov.uk/RedArrows2012/?ref=redArrows2012

The authors of the story say that the Arrows are being ‘banned’ because their 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 are alleged to have deemed the display team “too militaristically British”.

We are indebted to Mr. Moore for his comment (attached) in which he draws attention to the RAF website which calls this story ‘rubbish’ and would recommend all readers to view Mr. Moore’s comment and the website (link http://www.raf.mod.uk/reds/teamnews/index.cfm?storyid=66845B01-1143-EC82-).

2 Comments leave one →
  1. PTMoore permalink
    October 8, 2007 1:45 pm

    The whole story is complete rubbish. See what the Red Arrows have to say about it:
    http://www.raf.mod.uk/reds/teamnews/index.cfm?storyid=66845B01-1143-EC82-2E376B2F89D95041

    Why do people persist in spreading these ridiculous rumours on the basis that they got an email which said it was true???

  2. October 8, 2007 1:54 pm

    Dear Mr Moore,

    Grateful to you for the correction and appropriate link. Correcting entry to draw attention to it.

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