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Gallery: Thousands flock to Clacton Airshow as popular event looks set to break records

PUBLISHED: 18:41 21 August 2014 | UPDATED: 06:55 22 August 2014

Cousins Jasper Wright, 4, and Kitty Atkin, 3, eat their ice creams at the Clacton Air Show on Thursday, 21 August.

Cousins Jasper Wright, 4, and Kitty Atkin, 3, eat their ice creams at the Clacton Air Show on Thursday, 21 August.

The long-awaited Clacton Air Show has got off to a flying start and is on course to break all previous records after its first day with an estimated 100,000 attendees.

The weather stayed bright yesterday for flight enthusiasts with blue skies and fluffy clouds and anticipation building for today’s show which includes the famous Red Arrows.

Mark Platt, Tendring District Council’s (TDC) cabinet member for tourism, said: “It’s been an absolutely fantastic and emotional day; the Lancaster Bombers certainly grasped everybody’s attention.”

He said the highlights kept on coming but Rolls Royce Spitfire and Titan the Robot were “quite spectacular”, adding that the RAF Typhoon had wowed all the spectators with its speed and versatility.

“It’s an air show that the people of Tendring should be very proud of, they should be really proud of what we have been able to achieve and tomorrow we have the Red Arrows which are always a massive crowd pleaser”, he said.

Flight fanatics tweeted throughout the day, with the Lancaster bombers also proving a crowd favourite.

James Dwan tweeted: “Fantastic day at #ClactonAirShow and magnificent to see two Lancaster bombers fly together - more tomorrow with the fantastic @RedArrowsUK.”

It is the first time that the two planes are flying together in Clacton but it is also the last pair of Lancaster bombers in the world that will fly side by side.

Nigel Brown, communications manager at TDC, said the pairing was a real one off and that he was looking forward to them returning tomorrow.

He added that all the car parks were full by lunch time for the first time ever.

The chairman of a Suffolk racial equality charity says they are receiving more reports from parents about prejudice in schools than ever before.

Children in Suffolk and Essex are increasingly being exposed to the “devastating” effects of domestic violence, charities have warned.

The newest versions of the iPhone, the 8 and 8 plus, are expected not to attract the traditional queues outside Apple’s flagship retail stores when they go on sale in the UK for the first time today.

A neighing horse, singing bird and marching band are among quintessentially Suffolk sounds captured in winning entries submitted for a new photography competition.

Rail services in Suffolk and Essex are continuing to face disruption this morning following an incident on the mainline yesterday in which a person was killed after being hit by a train.

An engineer accused of sexually assaulting a woman during a visit to her home to repair her tumble dryer has been cleared by a jury.

The manager of a Suffolk park where illegal scrambler racing is said to have been “terrorising” residents has warned that someone will be “badly hurt” unless action is taken.

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