Sinn Fein councillor attacks Red Arrows return to Northern Ireland - BelfastTelegraph.co.uk
Just wondering what everyone thinks? Do Sinn Fien have a point, or do you see this as Sinn Fien going against anything British again?Down District Council has announced the Red Arrows will be one of the key attractions of its summer tourist programme.
When the aerial daredevils first appeared in Newcastle four years ago, it attracted a crowd of more than 100,000 to the Co Down coast.
But Sinn Fein has shot down the plans to throw out the red carpet to the display team as part of a Festival of Flight festival on August 10.
I am a huge airshow and airplane fanatic, I love studying and watching aircrafts from all around the world. The Festival of Flight is Newcastle's busiest day of the year and provides many local businesses with a lot of much needed income with close to 100,000 coming to the town every year for the show.
The Reds were not at the show last year, but Sinn Fien in 2010 wanted the Red Arrows to fly with purple smoke to be 'neutral' this was a more off cut comment by a local Sinn Fien member, nothing major. But this is not the first time they have protested about the Arrows in Newcastle.
Personally, I think this is Sinn Fien just being stupid. Even a few harder line nationalists I know love the airshows and aircraft. The Newcastle airshow is growing and becoming a regular fixture in NI festivals. Sinn Fien see it as ' promoting British Military' where as the thousands see it as a great day out for all.
Your thoughts... and please try to keep it reasonable without the usual crap lol