Plans to make Sunderland Airshow four day event

RAF Falcons parachute display team'25th anniversary Sunderland International Airshow.'Air show 2013
RAF Falcons parachute display team'25th anniversary Sunderland International Airshow.'Air show 2013
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SUNDERLAND International Airshow drew to a close today - and could come back bigger and better.

Council bosses have revealed there are plans to make the popular show - which attracted an estimated 300,000 vistors on Saturday alone - into a four-day extravaganza.

Up to a million people were expected to flock to the 25th airshow, which launched on Friday evening and ended today.

Councillor John Kelly, Sunderland City Council’s portfolio holder for public health, wellness and culture, said: “After 25 years of providing what is regarded as the biggest free airshow in Europe, the challenge is always there to keep the event fresh, exciting, and accessible to as many people as possible.

“Saturday in particular, the weather was fantastic and it was great to see so many people having a great time with family and friends. It is particularly satisfying for everyone who works on the airshow to see so many people enjoying themselves.”

Airshow director, Sue Stanhope added: “It’s been great to see so many people enjoying the event, the coastline and our city. The airshow continues to be the largest event in Sunderland, indeed in the region. It puts the city on the map and continues to attract visitors from near and far.”

Heavy downpours led to some minor changes in today’s programme - but it did not keep the crowds at bay.

For a full report and photos of all the action in the air and on the ground, see tomorrow’s Echo.

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