Excitement mounting for air show!

Blackpool Air Show - Red Arrows
Blackpool Air Show - Red Arrows
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Tens of thousands of people are set to descend on Blackpool this weekend as the resort’s air show takes to the skies.

The Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Typhoon team are among the displays which will be thrilling crowds on Sunday and Monday.

And the free annual event is set to bring a boost for hoteliers and businesses.

Claire Smith, president of hoteliers group StayBlackpool, said; “It is really good it is over two days again because the air show does encourage people to stay on Sunday night.

“We could do with some nice weather and that will bring in the day-trippers as well.

“The air show is completely free and the fact the Red Arrows are here are the piece de resistance. You can get 60,000 people watching all along the Promenade and the sandhills at St Annes.

“Both our properties have been booked up for a couple of weeks now.

“Without a doubt it has been proved time and time again that events bring visitors in and as hoteliers we need them to stay.

“Saturday nights are easy to fill, but the air show means people want to stay Sunday night.”

Spectacular aerobatic displays will be given by Team Raven, the Global Stars and Team Trig as they perform a set of aerial ballet with sequences of loops and rolls.

This year’s show marks the 107th annual Blackpool Air Show, making it one of the longest running air shows in the world.

There will also be a range of stalls, stands and attractions on the ground provided by groups including the friends of the Red Arrows, Simulator Supplies, Flyzone, Battle of Britain, the vintage SPAM Airstream van and the RAF Benevolent Fund.

The flying action starts at about 1.30pm on both days.

The Red Arrows are due to perform their display at 4pm on Sunday.

However timings can alter due to weather conditions.

Go to www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk what’s on section for the full list of timings.

Blackpool has been wowing the public since 1909 when the town put on the very first official air show in Britain.

That was the same year French flyer Louis Bleriot made the first historic crossing of the English Channel.