Safety warning issued for Sunderland International Airshow crowds

Dated: 30/07/2011'Thousands of aviation fans make the most of the summer weather by visiting Sunderland International Airshow today (Sat), where they witnessed daredevil wingwalks and dazzling jet formation displays at Cliffe Park, Sunderland.'See weather round-up' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES
Dated: 30/07/2011'Thousands of aviation fans make the most of the summer weather by visiting Sunderland International Airshow today (Sat), where they witnessed daredevil wingwalks and dazzling jet formation displays at Cliffe Park, Sunderland.'See weather round-up' NOT AVAILABLE FOR PRINT SALES
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AIRSHOW organisers today issued key advice to visitors in a bid to boost safety at the annual extravaganza.

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to flock to the seafront for the Sunderland International Airshow, which kicks off on Friday night.

Along with a top-class flight programme, there will be fairgrounds, inflatables and flight simulators.

To ensure families enjoy the three-day event, which is marking its 25th anniversary, officials at Sunderland Council are encouraging them to follow a series of safety tips.

Councillor John Kelly, who oversees the council’s Culture, Leisure and Tourism Portfolio, said: “This year is the 25th anniversary of the airshow and we want everyone to enjoy the weekend and to enjoy it safely.

“Check the weather forecast and remember the sun can be very strong along the seafront so protect yourself and drink plenty of water.

“Child safety wristbands are freely available across the site from staff and at information points so pick one up and fill it out, just in case.

“There are plenty of parking and park and ride sites, lots of public transport, so I would remind everyone to be patient, allow time for your journey and enjoy the weekend.”

This year, there will be a host of attractions in Recreation Park, including the Nintendo 3DS Festival of Fun, where visitors can play with family and friends and win prizes. There will be family entertainment in Roker Park, with songs and stories, crazy mini-golf, model railway rides and even a traditional Punch and Judy show.

There will be the chance for spectators to meet some of the pilots, at their own stands or at the military villages on Cliffe Park.