Letter of the Day

editorial image
Mark Farmer, from Portsmouth, has been nominated in the Everyday Hero category of the St John Ambulance awards.

Portsmouth first aider finalist in award after treating man who amputated fingers

2
Have your say

Here is our Letter of the Day, entitled ‘The Red Arrows are a national treasure’

The term ‘a national treasure’ is an often over-used term to describe a celebrity.

Surprisingly enough, that term can also be applied to things mechanical, for example The Flying Scotsman and Rolls-Royce motor cars when they were British.

The fantastic pictures in The News of The Red Arrows are a case in point (Red Arrows honour those who brought us freedom, Remember When, June 29).

This team of top-class aviators are one of the few remaining things in this day and age which keep the ‘Great’ in ‘Great Britain’.

It is unthinkable that there were moves afoot to disband them to save money.

Wherever they appear they generate so much joy to all who see them.

At the Goodwood Festival of Speed last Friday the proceedings up ‘The Hill’ were even suspended while ‘The Reds’ went though their routine.

The majority of the large crowd stopped what they were doing and watched in awe at another superb display.

Racing drivers too, daredevils themselves, watched in admiration.

The Red Arrows are not only a national treasure but a national institution.

Long may they remain so.

Mick Haven

Sapphire Ridge, Waterlooville