THE world-famous Red Arrows are set to send an annual food festival soaring to dizzy heights.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team, or Red Arrows, will take to the skies and fly over Clitheroe Castle and Castle Street during the annual Clitheroe Food Festival on Saturday just before 4pm.

The Red Arrows will fly over Clitheroe's famous landmarks, en route to the Blackpool Air Show, as the seventh Clitheroe Food Festival draws to a close.

Stuart Carefoot, chairman of Ribble Valley Borough Council’s community services committee, said the fly-over was a rare occurrence and a privilege for the borough.

He said: “The Red Arrows are one of the most celebrated aerobatic display teams in the world and a fly-over by them is a rare occurrence for which we are honoured and privileged, particularly on the day that Clitheroe is hosting its popular food festival.

“The weather forecast is good and we are looking forward to a fantastic festival topped by this unique spectacle, which will be witnessed by thousands of people.”

The festival, run in partnership with Ribble Valley Borough Council, is one of the most successful events of its kind in the UK, attracting up to 20,000 visitors.

Now in its seventh year, the festival will showcase more than 100 of the best food and drink producers in Lancashire, as well as pop-up restaurants and bars, demonstrations, tutored talks, wine and chocolate-tastings, live music, a Pudding Fest and children’s funfair.