Clacton: Red Arrows confirmed for this year’s Air Show

Day two of the Clacton Air Show 2012. The Red Arrows in flight.

Day two of the Clacton Air Show 2012. The Red Arrows in flight. - Credit: Andrew Partridge

THE world famous Red Arrows will be taking to the skies at this year’s Clacton Air Show, it has been confirmed.

The display team will perform for what are expected to be bumper crowds on August 22 and 23.

It will be the first time that the team has performed on both days for three years.

They were forced to pull out of the event completely in 2011 and last year were only able to return for one day.

Alan Goggin, TDC’s cabinet member for tourism said it is fantastic for the air show and its fans to have the Red Arrows back for a double performance.

“Everyone has their favourites but without doubt the Red Arrows are the highlight of any display and they have been coming to Clacton for more than 20 years,” he said.

“Our team behind the scenes is working hard – as always – to attract the best possible line-up, depending on availability and costs.

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“It is always our first task to get the Red Arrows on board and we are delighted that has been achieved.”

Mr Goggin said it will be a rare chance for spectators to see them at a seaside air show on the East Coast this year as both the Southend and Lowestoft shows have been cancelled.

“I am sure that people who may have gone to one of those two venues to see the Red Arrows will be heading to Clacton this summer and they will be most welcome to join us,” he added.

The Arrows have been practicing their iconic diamond 9 formation for the first time since 2011 and are expected to use it for the coming season.

The Clacton Air Show is the signature event on Tendring’s tourism calendar and a vital boost to the district’s economy, bringing in around £4 million more than would be generated over the two days without the event.

Last year it attracted around 130,000 people over the two days.

Mr Goggin said that although it is free, the council will be making a bucket collection in the hopes of raising funds to keep the show going for the future and hopes adults will contribute at least £1.

He added that due to hard work and careful budgeting the event is getting to a point where it is close to breaking even and is sustainable.

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