GALLERY: Sun shines down on ‘best ever’ Weston-super-Mare Air Festival
PUBLISHED: 20:00 22 June 2017 | UPDATED: 08:03 23 June 2017
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.
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.
The RAF Typhoon could be heard for miles and the Team Raven Display Team performed jaw-dropping stunts.
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.
The weekend kicked off with a parade down the promenade, with Weston Sea Cadets’ band leading the way.
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.
Weston Mayor Jos Holder opened the festivities before an afternoon of brilliant performances from the different regiments of the armed forces.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
The event was organised by North Somerset, Weston’s BID and the Armed Forces Weekend Steering Committee, which is made up of volunteers.
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.
“The event was a massive success, bringing a huge boost to the local economy and was a trouble-free weekend.”
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