Stunt aces to take to the skies

Pupils of Howletch Primary School wave to the Red Arrows who flew over their school on the way home from the Great North Run, thanks to local pilot Glenn King.
Pupils of Howletch Primary School wave to the Red Arrows who flew over their school on the way home from the Great North Run, thanks to local pilot Glenn King.

YOUNGSTERS will get their own fly-past when the Red Arrows soar over their schools.

Children from Howletch Lane Primary School and Acre Rigg Junior and Infant Schools, in Peterlee, will be treated to the display on Monday.

The Red Arrows, the Royal Air Force’s aerobatic team, will fly in a formation of eight.

But there will be a space where pilot Jon Egging should be. He was killed when his aircraft crashed after an air show at Bournemouth.

A request for the special display was made by Mary King, whose son, Glenn, 43, a former Howletch Primary School pupil, was previously a senior engineer with the Red Arrows team and flew with the group from 2003 to 2007.

Glenn, lives in Scampton, Lincolnshire, the Red Arrows base, with wife Karen, 40, and children, Paul, 16 and Bethany, 13. He spent more than 22 years with the RAF and is now a turbine engineer.

This will be the fourth time the squad has performed a fly-past in Peterlee, with Mrs King having previously arranged for them to perform.

Mrs King, 69, a governor at the two schools, lives with husband Keith, a 70-year-old magistrate, in Peterlee.

She said: “The Red Arrows are in the area for the Great North Run tomorrow and agreed to do the fly-past for us.

“They will be coming from Newcastle, over Seaham Lighthouse, then coming over Acre Rigg schools and then Howletch.”

Theresa Armstrong, secretary at Acre Rigg Junior School, in Acre Rigg Road, said: “The children will be all hyped up on Monday. We will get our 218 children, along with the infant school, onto the field to watch them.”

The fly-past will take place between noon and 12.15pm.