Lancaster and Spitfire flypasts to delight SO Festival crowds

The Lancaster in the foreground with the Spitfire behind. The latter is being piloted by Flt Lt Andy Preece to entertain SO Festival crowds.  Photo:  Crown Copyright.
The Lancaster in the foreground with the Spitfire behind. The latter is being piloted by Flt Lt Andy Preece to entertain SO Festival crowds. Photo: Crown Copyright.

A rare appearance in the skies of Skegness by one of only two Lancaster Bombers left flying in the world will be a major attraction during the final afternoon of SO Festival 2019.

In a last-minute change of plan, due to mechanical issues with the Dakota, the crowds will now be treated to the Lancaster flypast, which is diverting over the Lincolnshire Festival on Sunday afternoon, September 1, on its return to RAF Coningsby from the Bournemouth Air Show.

Barring any weather or mechanical complications, the crew of the craft will be over the resort at approximately 2.55pm, with the pilot being Flt Lt Neil Farrell.
Meanwhile on the two other festival days – tomorrow (Friday) in Mablethorpe at 1.24pm and on August 31 (Saturday) at 5.40pm in Skegness Coningsby-based Flt Lt Andy Preece will be
piloting a Spitfire flypast.
For Flt Lt Preece piloting this historic ‘lady’ over Lincolnshire’s skies is a dream come true: “There is not a day goes by that I don’t pinch myself,” he said as he prepared for his
weekend SO Festival appearance.
Thousands of people are once again expected at 2019 SO, which starts in Mablethorpe tomorrow (Friday) before moving to Skegness for the weekend.
One of the largest outdoor festivals of its kind in the UK, the three-day family extravaganza is free with renowned artistic director from Denmark, Jens Frimann Hansen, once again
bringing some of the best European artists to perform alongside fantastic UK acts.
Highlights from Europe include performances by Italian artist La Fabiola, French clowns Super Super, Denmark’s Passepartout Theatre Productions and street theatre company
Albedo.

Top UK family entertainment comes from circus theatre company Hikapee,, Helen Eastman Productions, Max Calaf Seve and Humanhood – all supported by Without Walls, an
organisation dedicated to raising the profile of the outdoor arts sector.
There is also bookable networking and social events, and the Festival has East Lindsey TED Age-Friendly status with a Blue Zone introduced - a dedicated area for visitors with
disabilities, life altering conditions or special educational needs, as well as their family and carers, to relax and refresh. Wrist bands can be booked in advance.
The festival is organised by the cultural arm of the Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture – the district’s premier operators of leisure, health and lifestyle venues.

Funding partners are Arts Council England and East Lindsey District Council.

Magna Vitae Trust for Leisure and Culture is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation and strategic partner to East Lindsey District Council.

Other partners are Passage Festival, Helsingør Teater and Without Walls Touring Network Partnership.
For more information, pre-book for the Blue Zone or the bookable artists and to download the full programme and brochure go to www.sofestival.org