PLANS for the Red Arrows to soar over the Deva Stadium before this Saturday’s pre-season friendly football match against Marine are hanging in the balance.
The proposed flypast is due to take place at 2.18pm, in what is believed to be the first for a football match.
But recent safety fears relating to the aircrafts’ ejector seats led to the entire fleet being grounded while safety inspections are carried out.
However, Jeff Banks, media officer for Chester FC, is keeping his fingers crossed the inspection will be completed by the weekend and the flypast will go ahead.
He said: “The Red Arrows are pretty well known and I thought it would be fantastic to see them.
“Admittedly it was a bit of a dream a couple of months ago, but I contacted the Royal Air Force and took it from there.
“I have been getting in touch to find out when an announcement on whether they are due to fly is taking place.
“We will be gutted if they don’t appear, but I would fully respect the decision, and it might be possible to reorganise for a flypast to happen in the future.
“Hopefully we will see how it goes, but I am a bit in the dark about it at the moment.”
Jeff, also a military aircraft fan, added the display would carry a personal thrill too if it is to go ahead.
“I like my military aircraft and I do attend a couple of air shows a year. It will be nice to see that raw power coming over the town.
“Last year we were treated to a Vulcan flying over the stadium and that was a treat and it was British, as are the Red Arrows.
“The flypast is one the supporters would remember for the rest of their lives. It would be great the RAF is part of our relaunch and it’s great for the area.
“We are trying to get the message across we are a community club, and the work is paying off. This is a reward for all those making their way to the ground.
“I hope the weather and these other factors play on our side, but the Red Arrows don’t tend to let people down.”
Jeff added he has asked for a slight tweak to the traditional red, white and blue smoke clouds emitted from the aircraft, providing the flypast goes ahead.
“I have requested for just the blue and white smoke to come out if possible, and leave the red 10 miles down the road!”
A decision on whether the Red Arrows will be able to fly over the Deva Stadium is expected to be announced early today (Thursday).