The Red Arrows fly over Nottingham Trent University’s Newton building

At precisely 1.10pm on the 15 July, spectators in Nottingham were treated to a glimpse of the Royal Air Force’s world-renowned Red Arrows.

The flyover took place to celebrate four decades of the Nottingham Business School (NBS) based at Nottingham Trent University.

As well as marking the beginning of the Business School’s 40th anniversary, launching a year of events, the flypast also commemorated the service of a Red Arrows pilot and NTU alumnus, flight lieutenant Sean James Cunningham, who died while performing pre-flight checks in 2011.

A memorial prize in Sean’s name will be given in his honour, to an “outstanding student who has shown dedication to team work, support for other students and a consistently strong academic performance”.

Deputy Dean of NBS, Melanie Currie previously said: “This is the perfect way to mark the beginning of our anniversary year with students, colleagues and the people of Nottingham.

“We are pleased to be able to use this opportunity to pay tribute to Sean Cunningham as an NTU alumnus and give a prize for excellence in his name.

“We would like to thank the Red Arrows and our friends at the RAF for this honour.”