ORGANISERS of the 25th year anniversary of the Southport Air Show say they are delighted with how the event turned out.
Although the special Friday night flying spectacular had to be called off due to stormy weather, the annual show got underway as otherwise planned on Saturday, September 10 and Sunda,y September 11 with thousands of people turning up to see the various displays.
Cllr Marion Atkinson, Cabinet Member Regeneration and Skills, said: “Yet again the Southport Air Show was an amazing experience for everyone who attended.
“The weather was near perfect on Saturday as huge crowds were wowed with some fantastic displays including the world famous Red Arrows. On Sunday another amazing line up was probably capped with the Lancaster Bomber, hurricane and Spitfire all taking to the skies at the same time.
”The feedback we have received so far has been very positive despite having to cancel the Friday night flying due to adverse weather conditions.
“Thousands of visitors attended the resort over the two days which will have had a real positive impact on local businesses in and around the town.
“We are already looking forward to next year’s event which will take place from September 15-17, 2017.”
Suzanne Grant, who traveled with her family from Manchester to see the show on Sunday, said: “It was wonderful to see the Southport Air Show on Sunday as they had a really varied range of aircraft and it was a great attraction for the whole family.
“We saw aircraft from the 1950s onwards included a RAF search and rescue helicopter, a pair of de Havilland Vampires and a MiG, which was unbelievably fast!
“A parachute regiment from the RAF featured stunts and due to unexpected cloud cover they had to deploy their parachutes at only 4,000ft – which is very close to the ground!
“They did great stunts including creating patterns in the sky by creating white, blue and yellow smoke trails in the sky from canisters attached to their feet and unrolling flags.
“The Blades Aerobatic Display Team put on an astonishing display, which showed unbelievable nerve – including some very tight formations and stunts including drawing a heart in the sky using a white smoke trail and a ‘loop the loop’ formation where four of the aircraft flew in a ‘v’ formation creating smoke trails, which the fifth Blade looped’ around, which looked fantastic.
“They were every but as impressive as the Red Arrows, who we saw the previous year.”