Old favourites set to wow airshow crowd

MORE than 100,000 aviation fans are set to descend on Clacton today and tomorrow for the town’s spectacular airshow.

Last year’s event saw a record-breaking crowd of about 140,000 heading to the coast for the popular event.

Now in its 19th year, the line-up for the Tendring District Council event promises to be bigger and better than ever, with all the usual favourites – such as the Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain memorial flight.

The Red Arrows will be dazzling the crowds on both days and other highlights include spectacular stunts by the Breitling Wingwalkers.

The wingwalkers will be stood upon their 1940s Stearman biplanes as they loop the loop and roll to great cheers.

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The Twister duo – the Swift Glider and the Tucano – will be back on show after missing the line-up last year.

The Twister, with its “big heart and stage presence that belies its diminutive size”, fills the sky with smoke.

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Sarah Daniells, the council’s marketing and tourism manager, said it promises to be an exciting show. We have come up with a very attractive line-up once again and hope it will pull in the visitors in their droves,” she said.

Peter Halliday, the council’s deputy executive leader, added: “It is a great crowd puller and is free to watch.

“It is a favourite with visitors and residents alike and we hope they enjoy it again this year.”

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