The Folkestone Air Display will not be going ahead in 2024 due to the Red Arrows being unavailable to thrill UK crowds during August.

The RAF display team is fully booked internationally at the height of next summer. As a result, organiser Folkestone & Hythe District Council has decided not to risk funding a potentially less popular event than in previous years.

Council leader Cllr Jim Martin said: “We know this will be disappointing as the air display is greatly enjoyed by residents, visitors and our local businesses.

“But the Red Arrows are the star attraction and without them we felt that the air display would not have the same impact and bring in fewer visitors to enjoy what our district has to offer.

“We have a tough financial year ahead so will be using money planned for the air display in other ways to provide support for events in our district benefitting our businesses and the local economy.