PEOPLE who live in and around RAF Fairford have been advised by organisers of the air tattoo to allow extra time for journeys this Friday, July 11.

Up to 10,000 tickets are being made available on the Friday for a special Red Arrows Pit Day, held to mark the 50th display season of the aerobatic display team.

The day will also see the first ever international public display by the F-35 Lightning II.

This is the first time the Royal International Air Tattoo has organised an event for the Friday. Organisers expect the roads on route to RAF Fairford to be busier and schools and coach companies have been asked to allow more time to get children to school.

Air Tattoo spokesman Richard Arquati said: "By giving schools, parents and people living in the vicinity who need to get to work an early warning that the roads are likely to be more busy than usual on Friday, this will enable them to plan ahead and perhaps consider leaving a little more time for their journeys.

"We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause to people’s regular routines and we are working hard to ensure that any potential disruption is kept to a minimum."