Air show attracts 120,000 people

THE Clacton Air Show drew to a close yesterday after two days of entertainment witnessed by 120,000 people.

THE Clacton Air Show drew to a close yesterday after two days of entertainment witnessed by 120,000 people.

Organisers were breathing a sigh of relief last night as the much-feared bad weather failed to materialise, save for a brief shower as the famous Red Arrows filled the skies above the seafront with red, white and blue.

The free event was organised by Tendring District Council and spokesman Nigel Brown said it had once again proved hugely popular.

He said: “We've had even more people today - about 70,000. But there have been no problems, although there were a few traffic queues coming into Clacton this morning.


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“The air show is always popular. The same people come back each year as they love it. The weather is the thing that really makes or breaks it.”

He said that although a few people had received treatment from the St John Ambulance staff on site, the event had largely gone to plan without any hitches.

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Traffic flow was not helped by delays on the A12 after a crash involving a coach heading towards Clacton for the air show.

A police spokesman said the collision happened near Eight Ash Green shortly after 10.30am and involved a single-decker coach and a silver Ford Fiesta.

He said: “The fiesta struck a crash barrier and the four occupants - two couples from east London - were conveyed to a nearby hospital after sustaining a range of minor injuries.”

It is thought the group were also travelling to the show.

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