Waikato crowds will be among the few to see a rare, newly-restored World War II Mosquito plane after it was confirmed as the star attraction at this year's Armistice in Cambridge event.
Armistice spokesman Paul Watkins said getting the aircraft flyover was "a coup". He said it was likely to be the de Havilland Mosquito's only flight in the central North Island before it heads to the United States in January. The aircraft is the only one of its type in flying condition in the world and was recently restored at Ardmore.
Armistice in Cambridge - on November 10 and 11 - will be held at the Mighty River Domain at Lake Karapiro instead of in Cambridge.
It is a move organisers say will not only benefit this year's programme, but will also secure the event for the future.
Armistice in Cambridge organising committee chairman Rob Feisst said news of the move had created a "real buzz" in the community.
"We are extremely excited about the shift. It's like a fresh start," Mr Feisst said. "It's just perfect for what we are going to do and we've got some big plans for the future."
He said the new venue would allow for a "varied range of activities", and the presence of a lake would enable the navy to be represented at the event in a greater capacity than before.
The many attractions over the Armistice in Cambridge weekend include battle re-enactments, navy displays, Pitt special aerobatics, various air displays and a demonstration of the aerial bombing of a German U-boat,.
As in previous years, Armistice in Cambridge will also be marked by a military vehicle parade on Victoria St early on Sunday morning, followed by the Anzac ceremony at 10am at the town hall plaza.
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