'Atmosphere was brilliant' - 9 things you said about Sunderland Airshow's opening night

Crowds at Sunderland Airshow on Friday night.
Crowds at Sunderland Airshow on Friday night.

Readers have been sharing their views on the opening night of this year's Sunderland Airshow.

Due to grey and rainy weather, some displays such as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight couldn’t take off from its base, while the Twister Aerobatics Team and Fireflies Otto had to cancel shortly before they were due to take off.

The Red Arrows at Friday night's Sunderland Airshow display.

The Red Arrows at Friday night's Sunderland Airshow display.

But thousands of visitors still got to see the might of the RAF Typhoon as well as the always crowd-pleasing Red Arrows.

Back on the ground there musical entertainment from local acts including Olivia Glover, Beth Macari and Jennison, as well as Band of HM Royal Marines Collingwood and an Indian dance extravaganza.

Here are some of the comments readers left on the Echo's Facebook page, with many of you watching our live videos of the Airshow from abroad.

Sylvia Simpson wrote: "First time down on Friday night atmosphere brilliant Red Arrows fantastic then the rain came.

Crowds at Sunderland Airshow on Friday night.

Crowds at Sunderland Airshow on Friday night.

"Good for Sunderland."

Marie Harper added: "Red Arrows fantastic as always my fav display of all time kids loved them too."

Vicki Milburn wrote: "Great show by the Typhoon and the lightning."

Stewart Wagner wrote: "Happens every year, nothing new, but brilliant."

The Red Arrows at Friday night's Airshow display.

The Red Arrows at Friday night's Airshow display.

Christine Blakie added: "Watched from the garden - brilliant."

Denise Pake wrote: "Love the Airshow wish we had more events like this to show how great Sunderland is."

Sarah Louise Fairclough wrote: "Me and my two kids came just to see the Red Arrows as its all they've been talking about all day, glad the weather held off for the display ... got two very happy children now."

Ali JOoiya wrote: "Amazing airshow. Watching from Kuala Lumpur."

And Anne Taylor wrote: "Shame weather is spoiling it."