Airshow is fun day out for all the family

FLYING HIGH ... RAF Falcons parachute display team 25th anniversary Sunderland International Airshow. Air show 2013.
FLYING HIGH ... RAF Falcons parachute display team 25th anniversary Sunderland International Airshow. Air show 2013.

LOOK to the skies this weekend and you’ll see incredible acrobatics, aerial displays, and aircrafts of all varieties.

The Sunderland International Airshow is back.

The free annual event will be in the air above Roker and Seaburn from Friday to Sunday, and down on the ground, people will also be able to enjoy a host of family entertainment.

The weekend’s entertainment kicks off at 6pm tomorrow at Cliffe Park, in Seaburn.

It will feature a flying displays from the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the RAF Tutor Display Team and the Twister Aerobatics Team.

This will be followed by a concert with Beatles tribute band, The Beatles, and barbershop-style girlband, The Shoeshop Quartet.

Military exhibitions will however be open for viewing from 5pm to 9pm in Cliffe Park and Bede’s Cross, in Roker, as well as a host of exhibitor stands to browse in Recreation Park, in Seaburn, from 4pm to 10pm.

The event will also welcome the RAF Tucano T1 in its new First World War commemoration livery, featuring the words ‘Lest We Forget’ and a spray of poppies.

The evening will be closed with a fireworks display at 10pm.

On Saturday and Sunday, the Airshow will be open from 10am to 6pm.

Flying displays will go ahead between 12.20pm and 5pm on Saturday and noon and 5.15pm on Sunday.

A variety of military and civilian planes will be in the air, including the RAF Typhoon Display Team, the Sea Kings of 771 Squadron –which specialises in search and rescue – and the RAF Falcons Parachute Display Team.

The Breitling Wingwalkers will also wow audiences with a display made up of death-defying stunts.

This year has also seen the introduction of a special family zone in Cliffe Park, by event organisers Sunderland Live.

ARTventurers, which provides art classes for babies, toddlers and children, will be on hand to keep the kids entertained, and Airshow visitors will also be given a sneak peek of the latest Disney film, Planes 2: Fire and Rescue, which is due for release on August 8.

Visitors can also take part in a fancy dress race and a firehose coconut shy as the planes are flying overhead.

The event is also set to be attended by celebrities, including EastEnders actor Larry Lamb and One Show reporter Lucy Siegle, and news correspondent Kate Adie will give a talk about the role women played in the First World War as part of the BBC’s World War One At Home tour.

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