Red Arrows to return to Blackpool Airshow

The Red Arrows, which are set to appear at the Blackpool airshow
The Red Arrows, which are set to appear at the Blackpool airshow
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The world-famous RAF Red Arrows will return to Blackpool to take part in the airshow this summer.

The display team which returned to the show last year after missing the resort out in 2012 for an event in Russia, will be gracing the skies above the beach on the first day of the two day extravaganza set for August 10 and 11.

The Red Arrows will perform at the free event on Sunday, August 10 along with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a Typhoon and an RAF Tucano.

The Typhoon and RAF Tucano will also take to the skies above Blackpool for the second day of the Airshow on Monday 11. VisitBlackpool said more aircraft will be added to the display and will be confirmed soon.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure, said: “We are delighted to be able to announce the initial allocation for this year’s Blackpool Airshow and, of course, it is always thrilling to know that the Red Arrows will be there.

“This is a huge event in the resort’s calendar attracting more than a hundred thousand residents and visitors.”

Blackpool Airshow was extended to two days last year and such was its success that 2014 will be two days too.

Coun Cain added: “The Airshow is always hugely popular drawing enormous crowds and this was certainly clear last year when so many people flocked to the resort over both days.

“Of course the weather plays a huge part in this but we anticipate attracting many tens of thousands of people yet again to this free event and we are also looking forward to finding out soon what other aircraft will be showing us their daring feats of acrobatics too.”

Neil Winkley of the Aberford Hotel, Yorkshire Street, was delighted the event was over two days again.

He said: “It seems to have grown and grown over the years and is a great event for Blackpool. Last year the Prom was rammed with visitors and with the thousands of people and the stalls, it made the whole place colourful and exciting.”

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