Video: Red Arrows cancel Portsmouth flypast

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The Red Arrows were today forced to cancel at the last minute their flypast of the America’s Cup site at Southsea.

Organisers said weather conditions meant a late decision on the show scheduled for just past midday and, despite reports the team had taken off from Farnborough, the cancellation confirmation came just as the display should have started.

The Red Arrows

The Red Arrows

Spectators were left disappointed after the display was cancelled right at the last minute.

A Red Arrows team representative took to the stage in the Fanzone Arena to announce that poor weather in Farnborough, where the planes were due to fly from, has forced them to scrap their performance over the Solent.

The spokesman said: ‘We have just spoken to Red 1, and the decision has been made not to fly from Farnborough airport.

‘It was getting brighter here at the seafront, but unfortunately the weather between here and Farnborough would not allow us to get here safely.’

Don Munro, 58, and his son Jamie, 22, were visiting Portsmouth just for today from Leicester.

Don said: ‘It is a shame that the Red Arrows aren’t performing because it was one of today’s main events.

‘But the weather cannot be helped.

‘We are still looking forward the the practise races which should be really exciting.’

The Portsmouth area has been put on yellow alert for high winds and heavy rain today.

According to forecasters, rain is predicted from 6am until 11pm.

And there could be gusts of up to 50mph.

A Met Office report said: ‘An area of rain and strong to gale force winds is expected to cross much of southern England before clearing to the east on Saturday morning.

‘There is a low likelihood that the system could be intense enough to bring disruptive wind and rain to some parts.

‘The public should be aware of the potential for disruption particularly for those engaged in outdoor activities.’

A spokesman for the event said a decision on whether the Red Arrows display would go ahead was due to be made early this morning.

Saturday will be mostly dry with the odd scattering of showers and lots of sunny spells.

But the bad weather returns on Sunday with a low pressure system coming in from the west.

There will be some heavy bursts of rain possible, but not as much as on Friday.