SLIDESHOW: 140,000 zoom in for Air Show

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Around 140,000 people enjoyed Blackpool Air Show – helping make the weekend the busiest so far this season.

Hoteliers had to turn people away as visitors flocked to the resort with many deciding to stay overnight.

The Red Arrows above Layton's Queenstown flats en route to the Promenade for the second day of Blackpool Air Show. Gazette photographer Rob Lock shot these fantastic pictures from the top of Blackpool Tower.

The Red Arrows above Layton's Queenstown flats en route to the Promenade for the second day of Blackpool Air Show. Gazette photographer Rob Lock shot these fantastic pictures from the top of Blackpool Tower.

Now they are hoping the air show will be held over two days next year as well.

Managing director of Marketing Blackpool Natalie Wyatt said: “This has been Blackpool’s biggest ever air show and it has been a resounding success.

“We estimate 100,000 people attended the event on Sunday with around 40,000 people packing onto the Promenade yesterday so that is fantastic.

“Of course, welcoming so many extra visitors over two days is a massive boost to everyone in the resort and I hope many businesses have truly benefitted from this huge influx of visitors.

The Red Arrows, Gazette photographer Rob Lock shot these fantastic pictures from the top of Blackpool Tower.

The Red Arrows, Gazette photographer Rob Lock shot these fantastic pictures from the top of Blackpool Tower.

“Blackpool Air Show is always popular and it is a real delight to see so many people of all ages watching the skies above and being amazed by the wonderful displays.

“This is the first time we’ve extended the air show to two days and from first glance it certainly appears this will have been a benefit to everyone and of course, a great free attraction for our many thousands of visitors and residents.”

Claire Smith, president of hoteliers group StayBlackpool, said: “Without a doubt this was the busiest weekend of the year so far.

“We were turning people away on Saturday night, and it would be fabulous to hold it over two days again next year.”

The Red Arrows, Gazette photographer Rob Lock shot these fantastic pictures from the top of Blackpool Tower.

The Red Arrows, Gazette photographer Rob Lock shot these fantastic pictures from the top of Blackpool Tower.

No vacancies as air show is huge success

Hoteliers said the air show, combined with Blackpool’s punk festival, helped make it the busiest weekend of the season so far.
Pat Francioni, of the Alumhurst Hotel on Charnley Road, Blackpool, was among those delighted with the influx of visitors.
She said: “We’ve got 32 rooms and it was the first time this season we put up our no vacancies sign.
“I would say by about 8pm on Saturday, there was nobody on Charnley Road with a vacancies sign up.”

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