Government denies Lincolnshire's iconic Red Arrows team could face axe in new defence cuts
The government has denied Lincolnshire's iconic Red Arrows team could face the axe as part of a new wave of defence cuts by David Cameron.
According to the Daily Mirror, military bosses fear the world famous air display team are under serious threat of being grounded as part of a fresh round of cost-cutting.
Ex-Red Arrows pilot, Justin Hughes, told the Mirror that "it would be a huge loss to the nation" if they were taken from the skies.
But in a statement released to the Echo this morning, the government said: "This is not true. Anyone suggesting the Red Arrows could face the axe is wrong."
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The Red Arrows, said to cost £9m a year, are based at Scampton and this year is due to be their 49th display season.
According to tourism bosses, they are worth £1.5m to the county.
They were formed in 1964 and donate to more than 500 charities in the UK.
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