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Last Updated: Friday, 28 October 2005, 18:33 GMT 19:33 UK
Flypast grounded by safety fears
Bedworth parade
The town's parade has been running since 1921
A commemorative flypast over what organisers claim is one of the biggest Armistice Day parades in the country has been grounded due to safety fears.

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) will not allow a WWII Spitfire to join Bedworth's parade, in Warwickshire, due to health and safety rules.

It says it cannot allow single engine planes to fly over a built-up area.

But organisers say the same planes have taken part before along the same route and have vowed to fight the ban.

Successful challenge

The CAA is also concerned the planes, which were due to make two flypasts, are privately owned.

Gil Leach, from the Armistice Day Parade Group, said: "Some of these young lads were only 18 and 20 years old, some of them had only done 10 hours up in a Spitfire and they were up there defending this country so why can't we all remember them?"

The flypasts were planned to mark the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

Some war veterans and people living in the town have condemned the decision.

But the organisers hope their challenge will be successful and the Spitfires will fly in two weeks' time.


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