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Advanced warning for those of you who have been following this story on BBC Ones Breakfast Television -

Further details of Mi   Amigo flypast released


The crew   of the Mi Amigo.

It’s   less than two weeks until Sheffield looks to the skies to see a unique   flyover of US and Royal Air Force aircraft – to mark 75 years since the Mi   Amigo disaster.

The   whole city is rallying behind Tony Foulds, who has been tending the Mi Amigo   memorial for many years, with Buses for Sheffield and Stagecoach Supertram   offering free travel for service personnel and veterans in honour of the   occasion. Now Sheffield City Council is advising people to plan their   journeys to Endcliffe Park carefully and in advance so they can arrive in   time for the flypast on Friday 22 February, which will be broadcast live by   BBC Breakfast to an audience of millions. 

While   final aircraft participation will be driven by weather and mission   requirements, the US Airforce is anticipating a unique variety of aircraft   from U.S. Air Force and Royal Air Force installations including RAF   Lakenheath, RAF Mildenhall and RAF Coningsby.

Due to   airspace regulations, these aircraft will not fly in one combined formation   together but will still put on a fantastic show of airpower in tribute to the   fallen crew of the Mi Amigo.

The   flypast has been inspired by the dedication of Tony Foulds, who has tended   the memorial in Endcliffe Park for many years.

Councillor   Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City   Council, said: “This is going to be a truly memorable day in Sheffield’s   history and we are looking forward to welcoming our friends from the US to   pay tribute to this remarkable crew who gave their lives so bravely during   the Second World War.

“Sheffield   owes the Mi Amigo crew a huge debt of gratitude for their sacrifice 75 years   ago. We have honoured their memory for all these years and this flypast will   be a fitting tribute. It’s also a tribute to Tony who has tended the memorial   for all these years.

“We   want as many people as possible to see the flypast and would urge them to   take the following steps to ensure they have a day to remember on 22   February.”


Councillors   Mary Lea and Olivia Blake with Tony Foulds at the Endcliffe Park memorial.


SYPTE   Director of Customer Services, Tim Taylor, said: “The flypast will be a   fantastic tribute. Buses for Sheffield and Stagecoach Supertram are pleased   to support the occasion by offering free public transport for service   personnel. We’re encouraging all spectators to travel to Endcliffe Park in a   sustainable way, by planning public transport, walking and cycling options in   advance at travelsouthyorkshire.com”

Free   travel is valid for current and ex-service personnel carrying identification   cards or in uniform on First, Stagecoach and TM Travel bus services operating   within the Sheffield boundary, and on Stagecoach Supertram services, between   start of service and 12 noon on 22 February 2019. 

On the   tram the customer should show a current forces ID card or wear a HM Armed   Forces Veterans badge to get free travel on the day.

Services   81, 82, 83, 83a and 88 provide a bus at least every five minutes from the   city centre to Endcliffe Park, with a journey time of approximately 15   minutes.  There will be no parking at Endcliffe Park with people advised   to allow plenty of time and travel by public transport or on foot wherever   possible. Park responsibly and allow plenty of time to get to the park.

We will   be using the hashtags #turnupfortony and #sheffieldflypast to make sure   people are kept up to date in the days prior to the event.

Please   avoid the area if you are not planning on witnessing the flypast.

It is   worth checking weather forecasts and local radio announcements prior to the   flypast. The flypast may not take place in extreme weather conditions.

Wear   sensible footwear and bring your own seating if needed as it won’t be   possible to provide seating in the park.

You are   advised not to bring wreaths to the Friday event but an area of the park will   be able to take flowers if you choose to bring them on the day.



The BBC   will be broadcasting live from the park from around 6am to 9.15am on the   morning of the 22 February. However, there is no need to arrive at this time.   People are encouraged to arrive at the park from around 7.15am. A memorial   service will take place from around 8am with the flypast set to follow at   8.45am.

Due to   the location of the memorial on the other side of the Porter Brook, there   will be no immediate access to the memorial area during the BBC filming, from   6am to 9.15am, and access to the memorial and that side of the river may be   limited afterwards.

The   best viewing area will be in the large field close to the Endcliffe Park   café, which will be serving teas and refreshments. A big screen will be there   to relay events to the crowd.



On the   Friday, a memorial service will take place, starting at approximately 8am,   with a Bugler playing one verse of Amazing Grace.  There will be a   reading from St John’s Gospel by a Royal British Legion and a bugler will   play the Last Post and Reveille.

The   annual memorial service is on Sunday 24 February at 2pm at St Augustine’s   Parish Church, Endcliffe. Prior to the service, at around 1.15pm, a group of   USAF personnel, RAFA officers, the Lord Mayor, Lord-Lieutenant, High Sheriff   and members of the public will hold a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial   site.



It is   believed that the flypast will arrive in Sheffield from the south-east before   arriving in Endcliffe Park, although this route may be subject to change. The   city has a number of lofty vantage points which might provide a spectacular   back drop for the flyover, such as Bolehills Park, Park Hill flats, Skye Edge   playing fields and the Botanical Gardens.

The   flypast will also be broadcast on BBC Breakfast if you can’t make it into   Sheffield on the day.

The   council will be launching a photography competition on its social media   channels encouraging people to get the best pictures and send them to us at   #sheffieldflypast. We will publish the best ones on our website.



It’s   half-term when the flypast takes place and there are a number of events   taking place in the city.

Go to   Welcome to Sheffield to find out more and to book accommodation. Our pick of   the events are:



The   council has set up a dedicated page for Flypast information at http://bit.ly/flypastsheffield.   We will also post regular updates on Twitter @sheffcouncil and Facebook at   Our Sheffield, as well as on our Sheffield Newsroom site.

Since   October the council has been working with Mr Foulds to improve access and   information at the site in readiness for the 75th anniversary. Trees and   bushes around memorial area have been pruned to improve access, the gravel   footpath below the memorial has been resurfaced, new flower planters have   been placed by the memorial and work to open up site lines around the river   bank are due to be completed before the event.

A new   interpretation board has been installed which tells the tale of what happened   to the Mi Amigo crew on the morning of 22 February, 1944, and following a   plea from Mr Foulds the steps leading to the memorial have been freshly   tarmacked to make access easier for visitors.

Edited by user 11 February 2019 16:48:53(UTC)  | Reason: Not specified

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