July 4 celebrations at RAF Feltwell cancelled due to ‘current threat’

The Red Arrows Aerobatic Team at RAF Feltwell's July 4 celebrations ENGANL00120121107164417
The Red Arrows Aerobatic Team at RAF Feltwell's July 4 celebrations ENGANL00120121107164417

American air force chiefs have cancelled a planned programme of Independence Day celebrations, which were due to take place at RAF Feltwell tomorrow and on Saturday.

In a statement issued by the United States Air Force 48th Fighter Wing, which is based at RAF Lakenheath, a short time ago, officials said the decision had been taken because of “current local threat assessments.”

It continued: “The base continually surveys the security environment alongside host nation counterparts and must take appropriate

measures based on those assessments.”

The wing’s vice-commander, Col David Eaglin, said: “While we were certainly looking forward to this year’s celebration and hosting the US and UK communities at RAF Feltwell, we have to put public safety first and foremost.

“We apologise for any inconvenience this cancellation has caused, and we will continue to work with our UK counterparts - both military and civilian - to make sure we keep our Airmen and the local communities safe.”

The Feltwell celebration was run jointly with the USAF bases at Lakenheath and Mildenhall, beginning on Friday for base personnel and their families then opening to the public on Saturday afternoon.