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Old 17-03-2008, 10:58 AM   #1
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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 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


It is to be hoped that common sense prevails, so if you disagree
with this decision, please sign the petition on the link.

Please forward this on to everyone you can.

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Old 17-03-2008, 11:47 AM   #2
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A Red Arrows flypastLondon 2012 has responded to reports that the Red Arrows have been banned from the Opening Ceremony of the Games, describing the rumours as 'utter nonsense'.

The London 2012 Organising Committee will decide what to include in all celebrations and they will be a showcase of the best the UK has to offer. But with five years to go, decisions are yet to be made on what the celebrations will look like.

The Red Arrows have in fact been used before in connection to London and the Games. They did a spectacular fly over of Trafalgar Square in London to celebrate winning the bid in July 2005, and also flew over the Mall when the Athens Torch Relay was in London in 2004.

The DCMS and the Red Arrows themselves also released statements refuting the claims about the ban.
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