December 5 2013 Latest news:
Thursday, August 22, 2013
A thrilling display by one of the world’s top stunt pilots and an exhilarating show from the Red Arrows were among the highlights of the first day of the Clacton Air Show.
The two-day extravaganza started yesterday and tens of thousands of people flocked to the seafront to enjoy the free aerial entertainment, worth an estimated £4million to the local economy.
Spirits could not be dampened by the intermittent showers throughout the day and show director Mike Carran said it had been a “fantastic” opening day.
He said: “We started with some poor weather which has flittered in and out throughout the course of the day but that hasn’t really stopped anyone from turning out and enjoying the show.
“It’s been a fantastic show and a fantastic event overall.
“The highlight of the day for the masses was the Red Arrows - they were awe-inspiring and there were lots of new moves for 2013 and many people commented on how close they seemed to be.
“My personal highlight was the close of the show, which was Gerald Cooper, a top aerobatic stunt pilot who was mesmeric.”
Mr Carran said that despite the difficult financial climate, which has forced the cancellation of air shows in Lowestoft and Southend this year, Clacton’s event had always been organised within a “manageable budget” and that the event was sustainable.