GALLERY: Sun shines down on 'best ever' Weston-super-Mare Air Festival

PUBLISHED: 20:00 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:03 23 June 2017

Fine weather conditions meant The Blades team enjoyed views right up the North Somerset coastline

Fine weather conditions meant The Blades team enjoyed views right up the North Somerset coastline

Blue skies and sunshine created perfect conditions at the Weston-super-Mare Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend as the Red Arrows headlined a show rated as a 'massive success' by organisers.

The Blades team streak over Weston BayThe Blades team streak over Weston Bay

Thousands of people flocked to Weston’s beach to catch a glimpse of the famous aerial display team as well as a whole host of other talented flight teams.

Day one of the Weston-super-Mare Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend. Picture: Eleanor YoungDay one of the Weston-super-Mare Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend. Picture: Eleanor Young

The RAF Typhoon could be heard for miles and the Team Raven Display Team performed jaw-dropping stunts.

Day one of the Weston-super-Mare Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend. Picture: Eleanor YoungDay one of the Weston-super-Mare Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend. Picture: Eleanor Young

But it was not just the show in the sky which left people wanting more, but the stalls and performances on the ground on the Beach Lawns, in Marine Parade.

Day one of the Weston-super-Mare Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend. Picture: Eleanor YoungDay one of the Weston-super-Mare Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend. Picture: Eleanor Young

The weekend kicked off with a parade down the promenade, with Weston Sea Cadets’ band leading the way.

Day one of the Weston-super-Mare Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend. Picture: Eleanor YoungDay one of the Weston-super-Mare Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend. Picture: Eleanor Young

The parade received a huge round of applause as it made its way in to the arena on the lawns, but it was the veterans who stole the show.

Day two at the Weston-super-Mare Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend. Picture: Eleanor YoungDay two at the Weston-super-Mare Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend. Picture: Eleanor Young

Weston Mayor Jos Holder opened the festivities before an afternoon of brilliant performances from the different regiments of the armed forces.

Day two at the Weston-super-Mare Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend. Picture: Eleanor YoungDay two at the Weston-super-Mare Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend. Picture: Eleanor Young

The Marine Commando unarmed combat display and a civil war re-enactment were just two of the many visual delights to grace the open arena on the Beach Lawns.

Day two at the Weston-super-Mare Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend. Picture: Eleanor YoungDay two at the Weston-super-Mare Air Festival and Armed Forces Weekend. Picture: Eleanor Young

Cadet battalions went head-to-head in a tug-of-war competition – with the sea cadets coming out on top – and Weston Brass Band performed.

Adam, Sarah, Lewis and Adi Brown at the RBL Live On stall.Adam, Sarah, Lewis and Adi Brown at the RBL Live On stall.

Town centre manager Steve Townsend said the event was the ‘best ever’ as more than 100,000 people packed into the town for the annual event.

Evan and Grant Ford with L.Cpl. Sherlock onthe Royal Marines attack boat.Evan and Grant Ford with L.Cpl. Sherlock onthe Royal Marines attack boat.

He added: “The event allows members of the public a chance to meet and thank the people who serve or have served in the armed forces. It also gives the forces a chance to thank the community for supporting them.”

Lt Cdr Mark Jones, Lt Tony Hedworth, PO Gav Lewis and AET Dave Mills from the 825 Navel AIr Squadron.Lt Cdr Mark Jones, Lt Tony Hedworth, PO Gav Lewis and AET Dave Mills from the 825 Navel AIr Squadron.

The event was organised by North Somerset, Weston’s BID and the Armed Forces Weekend Steering Committee, which is made up of volunteers.

PC Dave Eastham with new recruit Archie.PC Dave Eastham with new recruit Archie.

The council’s seafront events manager Darren Fairchild said: “Visitors were treated to two days of fantastic air displays as well as an array of armed forces celebrations, including military demonstrations, static displays and stalls.

Lucas and Charlotte with Royal Marine Commando Ferrie.Lucas and Charlotte with Royal Marine Commando Ferrie.

“The event was a massive success, bringing a huge boost to the local economy and was a trouble-free weekend.”

Cpl Price from 675 Sqd Army Air Corp with Harley and Ebony.Cpl Price from 675 Sqd Army Air Corp with Harley and Ebony.

Worle Paltoon Army Cadets wet sponge throwing, Cdt Calver, P.I. Underwood, Sgt. Grindle and Cpl. Winn.Worle Paltoon Army Cadets wet sponge throwing, Cdt Calver, P.I. Underwood, Sgt. Grindle and Cpl. Winn.

Warren and Ethan learning about morse code from Mike Jones, call sign MOVLN, from Weston-super-Mare Radio Society.Warren and Ethan learning about morse code from Mike Jones, call sign MOVLN, from Weston-super-Mare Radio Society.

Graham Ollis and Scott Hewson from the Gazelle Display Team showing some youngsters around their helicopter.Graham Ollis and Scott Hewson from the Gazelle Display Team showing some youngsters around their helicopter.

Law enforcement motorcycle club the Blue Knights.Law enforcement motorcycle club the Blue Knights.

Evan and Grant Ford with L.Cpl. Sherlock onthe Royal Marines attack boat.Evan and Grant Ford with L.Cpl. Sherlock onthe Royal Marines attack boat.

Royal Marine Comandos.Royal Marine Comandos.

Adam Cruickshank from the Essex Yeomanry with visitors to the show.Adam Cruickshank from the Essex Yeomanry with visitors to the show.

Tillier's Regiment camped on the beach lawns.Tillier's Regiment camped on the beach lawns.

Tillier's Regiment demostration of medical treatments.Tillier's Regiment demostration of medical treatments.

Hannah and George in the cockpit of the Italian Augusta Westland 139 helicopter.Hannah and George in the cockpit of the Italian Augusta Westland 139 helicopter.

Italian Augusta Westland 139 helicopter.Italian Augusta Westland 139 helicopter.

Dave Taylor and Tony Hammond of the Armed Forces Bikers with 7-year-old Cameron.Dave Taylor and Tony Hammond of the Armed Forces Bikers with 7-year-old Cameron.

Dave Taylor of the Armed Forces Bikers with 7-year-old Cameron.Dave Taylor of the Armed Forces Bikers with 7-year-old Cameron.

Bob Trunbley with his rare 100lb practice bomb and 1945 Willis Jeep.Bob Trunbley with his rare 100lb practice bomb and 1945 Willis Jeep.

Cpl Price from 675 Sqd Army Air Corp with Harley and Ebony.Cpl Price from 675 Sqd Army Air Corp with Harley and Ebony.

Jak meeting Nyra the eagle owl, watched by Darren Jenkins from Avon Owls.Jak meeting Nyra the eagle owl, watched by Darren Jenkins from Avon Owls.

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