Dare-devil squadron the Red Arrows have been confirmed for the finale of the Maritime Festival next month.
Derry City Council has said the Royal Air Force troupe will take to the skies over Lough Foyle between Magilligan/ Binevenagh and Greencastle on Sunday June 29th.
The arrival of the Red Arrows has been secured through a partnership by Derry City, Donegal County and Limavady Borough councils.
Their display of aerial manoeuvres will bring to a close the 2014 LegenDerry Maritime Festival as a send-off to the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race fleet.
The distinctive red jets, which are this year celebrating their 50th display season, will execute their trademark formations, close-passes and dynamic loops and rolls at the mouth of the River Foyle.
Thousands of people are expected to descend upon the North West coast to get a clear vantage point for the performance and celebrate the official Race Start of the Clipper 2013-14 Race at Greencastle.
Mayor of Derry Martin Reilly added: “It is a major coup to have the Red Arrows perform and their display will provide a suitably spectacular final flourish to our week-long LegenDerry Maritime Festival.
“We are delighted to have been able to facilitate this in partnership with our friends in Limavady and Donegal, who are bringing the world-famous Red Arrows here.
“Our stunning North West coastline will provide the perfect backdrop for the official Race Start of the Clipper 2013-14 Round the World Yacht Race.
“We are thrilled that thousands of local people will be able to share the celebrations and the spectacle on land, on the sea and now, also in the sky.”
Mayor of Donegal Ian McGarvey said: “I am sure this will attract visitors from across the region and beyond to the Lough Foyle area. Their exciting air display will be an excellent way to see off the Clipper Race as the fleet prepares to sets sail off the coast of Greencastle.
“I hope that everyone who comes to Donegal has a safe and enjoyable time.”
Mayor of Limavady Gerry Mullan meanwhile added: “I am delighted to welcome back the spectacular Clipper Race event and am looking forward to seeing the boats sailing into Lough Foyle past Magilligan Point.
“I wish all the crews a warm welcome to the area and hope they get the chance to explore all it has to offer when they come ashore.”
Derry is the penultimate stopover for the Clipper 2013-14 Race, the world’s longest ocean race. After a gruelling journey of almost 40,000 miles over 11 months, the city will welcome the 12-strong fleet of Clipper Race yachts back to the city, including its own Derry~Londonderry-Doire yacht, with a week-long LegenDerry Maritime Festival from 21st - 29th June 2014.
The LegenDerry Maritime Festival will see the River Foyle’s quayside transformed into a summer promenade, with a race village, award-winning continental market, seafood festival, music programme and a host of sea-faring activities on and off shore for families, sailors and land-lubbers alike.
For information visit: www.legenderrymaritimefestival.com or www.clipperroundtheworld.com.