Less than 2,000 signatures are needed to force a government response to a petition to keep the Red Arrows in Lincolnshire once RAF Scampton closes.
The petition is edging closer to the target of 10,000 signatures needed for a government response. If it was to reach 100,000 the petition will be considered for debate in Parliament.
In July 2018 the Ministry of Defence confirmed that RAF Scampton, home of the Red Arrows, will be sold off. The base, which is home to around 600 staff, will close by 2022.
Lincolnshire has strong links with the Royal Air Force since before its founding in 1918. The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team has been synonymous with Lincolnshire for over 30 years. The Red Arrows team was formed in 1964 and has been based in Lincolnshire since 1983.
Alongside Waddington, RAF Leeming in North Yorkshire and RAF Wittering near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire are the other two possible locations. At the time the government said detailed studies for suitability of each base will be carried out.
Executive member for economy and place at Lincolnshire County Council, Councillor Colin Davie, previously said he does not want to lose the Red Arrows and would do “everything he can” to lobby for them to stay in the county.
Lincolnshire delegation will be heading to London on June 4 to make the case for the Red Arrows to be retained in the county.