The Mail reported, under a headline which began with the word 'now...':
The Red Arrows have been banned from putting on a flying display over a seaside town – over health and safety fears.
The world famous RAF team were scheduled to top the bill at the annual regatta in Dartmouth, Devon.
But organisers decided to cancel the display – which has taken place every year since 1980 – amid fears that vibrations from the low-flying jets might damage buildings.
The story went on to reveal the thoughts of angry locals who said it was:
'just health and safety nonsense'.
In fact, it was just nonsense. Why?
Because one day after the Mail's story, the Red Arrows issued a press release with the headline 'Spurious show story':
There have been reports in the national news today that the Red Arrows will not be displaying at Dartmouth.
This is not true and the Team is still planning to display at the Town’s Royal Regatta event.
Squadron Leader Ben Murphy, Officer Commanding and Team Leader of the Red Arrows said:
“We are still planning to display at Dartmouth on August 27. We have not been contacted by the event organisers with any concerns about damage to buildings. In fact the Mayor of Dartmouth contacted the Team this morning to say that the town is still very much looking forward to the display and that reports in the national press about the town cancelling are simply not true.”
(Hat-tip IC Oliver)