Memorial flight set for resort show

CROWDS of flight fans will get the chance to join in the nationwide commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at this year’s Clacton Air Show.

CROWDS of aircraft fans will get the chance to join in the nationwide commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain at this year’s Clacton Air Show.

The Clacton event on August 26 and 27 is expected to attract about 140,000 people.

The popular and moving Battle of Britain Memorial Flight has been confirmed as a feature and to mark the special anniversary year there will also be Their Finest Hour exhibition on the West Greensward.

The memorial flight is the second confirmed signing for the air show which is organised by Tendring District Council and follows the booking of the Red Arrows.


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The Spitfire, Hurricane and Lancaster, always popular with the crowds, make up the formation.

Stephen Mayzes, in charge of leisure at the council, said he was delighted that the memorial flight would be gracing the skies over Clacton again this year.

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He said: “They are some of the most popular aircraft we ever attract to the show and they will be performing on both days again.

“To have them on board in 2010 is a great honour and it would not have been the same without them – especially as it is the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

“It will be a chance for all of us to pay tribute to the role played by the aircraft and those who flew them into conflict.”

The Their Finest Hour events unit has been put together especially for this summer and as part of the commemoration programme.

It consists of a ground display featuring a full-size replica Hurricane and those involved will be dressed in uni-forms representing the era.

There will be an opportunity for people to have their photo taken alongside the fighter plane or actually in the cockpit.

The Battle of Britain exhibition bus will also be in attendance. It contains information, artefacts, memorabilia and an audio-visual display.

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