Felix the Black Catalina scheduled to fly by for 2019 Rathmines Catalina Festival on May 19

SHOW STOPPER: Felix the Black Catalina performed a series of low passes that thrilled crowds at the Rathmines Catalina Festival in 2016. The big cat is scheduled to return to Lake Macquarie for this year's festival on May 19. Picture: David Stewart
SHOW STOPPER: Felix the Black Catalina performed a series of low passes that thrilled crowds at the Rathmines Catalina Festival in 2016. The big cat is scheduled to return to Lake Macquarie for this year's festival on May 19. Picture: David Stewart

FELIX the Black Catalina is scheduled to fly in when the Rathmines Catalina Festival returns to Lake Macquarie on Sunday, May 19.

The festival wasn't staged in 2018 and the event organisers, Rathnines Catalina Memorial Park Association, have been busy ensuring that the comeback festival is the biggest yet.

RCMPA president Bill Anderson said Felix's return was subject to maintenance and weather conditions, but was an exciting prospect.

The 2019 festival will have a stronger World War II and military theme than previous festivals, and that atmosphere will be enhanced by the music.

The 23-piece Royal Navy Band and the songs of Vera Lynn and The Andrews Sisters will be the soundtrack to this year's festival.

It will be held at Rathmines Park, in Stilling Street. Details at rathminescatalinafestival.com

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