THE world famous Red Arrows did not fly over Worcester after the flightpath was changed for 'operational reasons', leading to disappointment from some plane spotters.

The Red Arrows had been due to fly from Great Witley over Barbourne and Pitchcroft in Worcester towards Whittington roundabout on Saturday (June 8).

However, some plane spotters were left disappointed when the planes did not appear on the expected route.

It was the second weekend in a row that The Red Arrows were due to fly over Worcestershire but was to be the first time in which the planes were flying over the city. 

The team flew over Worcestershire on Friday, Saturday and Sunday last week (May 31 to June 2) on their way to The Midlands Air Festival at Ragley Hall in Alcester. 

The Red Arrows are considered one of the world's premier aerobatic display teams.

Worcester News understands the routing was changed a few days in advance due to operational reasons with the old flight path was cancelled, and a new one submitted, with the organisers informed.

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An MOD Spokesperson said: "Flypast routes are often subject to change at short notice. On this occasion, the flypast over Worcester was changed for operational reasons some days prior and all relevant parties informed."

The RAF, explaining the role of the Red Arrows, said: "They assist in recruiting to the Armed Forces, act as ambassadors for the United Kingdom at home and overseas and promote the best of British.

"Flying distinctive Hawk fast-jets, the team is made up of pilots, engineers and essential support staff with frontline, operational experience. Together, they demonstrate the excellence and capabilities of the Royal Air Force and the Service’s skilled, talented people."

The Red Arrows are well known for flying in their trademark Diamond Nine shape and have been displaying since 1965.