Friday night at the Sunderland Airshow 2018: An hour-by-hour guide to what's on

The skies of Sunderland are set to become alive once more with impressive feats, dazzling displays and amazing sites.

The Sunderland Airshow 2018 begins at 4pm on Friday, kicking off a weekend of events which will pull in thousands upon thousands of visitors to the city's coastline.

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Here's a full run down of the programme for opening night:

4pm - the event site opens

4pm to 5.50pm - Introducing Stage at Cliffe Park

Featuring local acts Olivia Glover, Liam Kendal, Channy Thompson, Beth Macari ,He Knows, She Knows, Geoff Mull and Jennison

6pm to 6.05pm - the official opening of the Sunderland Airshow 2018 at the stage in Cliffe Park

Performed by Mayor of Sunderland Lynda Scanlan

6.05pm to 6.25pm Band of the Royal Marines perform on at the stage in Cliffe Park

6.05pm to 6.25pm - The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - CANCELLED

6.30pm to 7.05pm - Indian Dance Extravaganza on the stage at Cliffe Park

7.15pm to 7.40pm - the RAF Red Arrows display

7.40pm to 8.20pm - The Greatest Show on Earth on the stage at Cliffe Park

Brought to you by i-stage, a musical journey of the past 30 years of Sunderland Airshow Part 1

8.30pm to 8.40pm - RAF Typhoon flight

8.40pm to 9.20pm - The Greatest Show on Earth Part 2 at the stage in Cliffe Park

9.20pm to 9.45pm - Twister Aerobatics Team and Fireflies display

9.50pm to 10pm Fireworks display

10pm site closes