Red Arrows to fly airshow hat-trick

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THE Red Arrows will perform a hat-trick of displays at Sunderland’s International Airshow this year when they celebrate their 50th season.

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team is set to thrill crowds on each of the three days of the event, which will begin with a launch night on Friday, July 25, and finish on Sunday, July 27.

This year, the flying team’s famous paint scheme will have a new look for its 50th anniversary. In the shape of a Union flag, the new tail design reflects the Best of British and emphasises the Red Arrows’ role as ambassadors for the United Kingdom, and the public face of the Royal Air Force.

Coun John Kelly said he is delighted to see them return to the city: “Last year the Red Arrows helped us celebrate our 25 years of the Sunderland International Airshow. This year we are delighted to have them back as they celebrate their golden anniversary of display seasons.

“From their first appearance here in 1991, they have remained a favourite with the crowds and continue to thrill and inspire all who see them. I encourage everyone to come along and show their support for them as they celebrate this fantastic achievement.”

The Sunderland City Council event, delivered by events company Sunderland Live, attracts hundreds of thousands of spectator to the city’s coastline.

Airshow director Sue Stanhope said: “Each year the aircrews and the teams involved have said they look forward to coming to Sunderland. The location is excellent, the welcome is second to none and they enjoy seeing the appreciation of the huge crowds as they fly along a beautiful coastline.”