Organisers of Clacton Air Show are promising one of the strongest ever line-ups of aerial displays for the event next month.
The Red Arrows, Avro Vulcan, Royal Canadian Lancaster and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight are already firmly placed in the programme during August 21 and 22.
They are joined by the Sea King Helicopter, Tutor, Autogyro, Essex Air Ambulance, and RAF Tucano.
And now the team has also managed to sign up the Breitling Wingwalkers, the Trig Aerobatic Team, Rolls Royce Spitfire, the Bulldog as well as Richard Goodwin and his modified Pitts S2S G-EWIZ.
There is also going to be one more major announcement for flight fans at the start of August to round off a stunning collection in the skies over the town.
Mark Platt, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Tourism, Culture, Leisure and Events, said he is really excited at the prospect.
“Every year the team works hard to put together the best possible programme to bring in the visitors and thrill those of all ages who turn up for the show,” he said.
“They really have pulled out all stops this year and it promises to have all the necessary elements for a great event.
“I am delighted by what we already have in place but I have been told that there will be one more significant announcement which will really put the final touches to the line-up.”
Cllr Platt said he is delighted to be able to welcome back the Breitling Wingwalkers – who missed out on Clacton last year – and looks forward to the Trig Aerobatic Team performing once again.
The Wingwalkers have been specialists in display flying for almost 30 years and operate one of the best known civilian air display acts in Europe.
Pilot Martyn Carrington is a local lad who learned to fly at Clacton Airstrip and is always keen to visit his home town.
“Being a qualified pilot myself I am looking forward to two days of top flight entertainment in the air supported by plenty of other activities on the ground,” added Cllr Platt.
Clacton will once again be the only seaside East Coast event of its kind as attempts to get Lowestoft and Southend off the ground again have met with failure.
Hopefully fans that would previously go to those shows in the past will be tempted to come along to Clacton as they did last year.
The Clacton Air Show is the signature event on Tendring’s tourism calendar and a vital boost to the District’s economy – bringing in around £4 million more than would be generated over the two days without the event.
Last year it attracted around 140,000 people over the two days.
Due to hard work and careful budgeting the event is getting to a point where it is close to breaking even and is sustainable.
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