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  • Thousands see final Air Show display by RAF Tucano team

    Danielle Thompson

    AVIATION enthusiasts were among the thousands who flocked to the Southport Air Show in their thousands as the three-day event marked the last ever public display from the Tucano team.

    The three day event featured fireworks displays, aerial stunts and displays from the RAF Typhoon and SAAB Viggem.

    The highlight was the final farewell to the RAF Tucano T1 for airshow goers, as it displayed for the last time.

    The Tucano Display Team and The Blades Aerobatic Team flew in a close-formation flypast on both Saturday and Sunday to support the life-changing charity work carried out by The RAF Benevolent Fund to mark their centenary year.

    The Blades are formed of all ex-Red Arrows Pilots, three of which flew the Tucano in their early careers in the RAF

    Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council's Labour Cabinet Member Regeneration said: “Once again the Southport Air Show was an amazing experience for everyone who attended.

    “The weather held out as huge crowds were wowed with some fantastic displays including debut performances from the Norwegian and Swedish historical air forces.

    “On Sunday another amazing line up was probably capped with the last ever display from the RAF Tucano and the Typhoon closing the show.

    “The feedback we have received so far has been very positive and visitors seemed to have enjoyed a diverse range of displays.

    “Thousands of visitors attended the resort over the three days which will have had a real positive impact on local businesses in and around the town.

    “We remain wholly committed to putting on fabulous events like this for Southport and Sefton.

    “We are already looking forward to next year's show and I would encourage everyone to get their tickets for the upcoming British Musical Fireworks Championships at Victoria Park from Friday, September 27 to Sunday, September 29.”

    For more information about the British Musical Fireworks Championships and events around Southport visit visitsouthport.com


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