A BRADFORD pilot led the Red Arrows flypast during the opening ceremony of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
Fireworks, a music set from the city’s own Duran Duran and a 10-metre high bull greeted a sell-out crowd at the Alexander Stadium in Perry Barr for the biggest sporting event in the UK since the London Olympics in 2012.
Let the games begin: The #RedArrows performed a flypast to mark the opening of the #CommonwealthGames2022 in #Birmingham this evening. Fantastic to play a part in tonight’s ceremony at Alexander Stadium. Video by AS1 Abigail Drewett. #B2022 @thecgf @birminghamcg22 @RoyalAirForce pic.twitter.com/uWP8befX9T
— Red Arrows (@rafredarrows) July 28, 2022
Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall joined her husband as they entered the arena in a blue soft-top Aston Martin DB6 Volante.
The couple then stood on a platform while 72 other red, white and blue cars with links to the Birmingham car industry formed a Union Jack flag.
They then took their seats as the Red Arrows display team flew over the stadium leaving a red, white and blue trail.
Sqn Ldr Bould, a former student of Woodhouse Grove School, Apperley Bridge, joined the RAF in 2005.
He was previously a Red Arrows team pilot between 2015 and 2017, in the Reds 5, 7 and 6 positions respectively.