Stylish start planned for Sunderland Airshow

Spectacular fireworks over the sea at last year's Sunderland International Airshow Friday event
Spectacular fireworks over the sea at last year's Sunderland International Airshow Friday event
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THE entertainment line-up for this year’s Sunderland International Airshow promises to be a feast of fun.

The main flying programme, on Saturday and Sunday, will be preceded by the free event at Cliffe Park, starting at 6pm on Friday, July 25.

One of the UK’s most sought after Beatles tribute acts – Them Beatles – are set to wow the crowds, during a show that will give audiences the opportunity, as John Lennon once said, to clap their hands and rattle their jewellery.

Supporting the group on the night, with some fantastic a cappella and close harmony singing, will be North East professional barbershop girl group The Shoeshop Quartet.

A spectacular flying display will include The Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Typhoon, Tutor, Tucano and Twister Duo Display Team, complete with airborne pyrotechnics. The evening will close with a firework display at about 10pm.

Councillor John Kelly said: “This fantastic free Friday night event is a perfect start to the weekend’s flying programme and the other many attractions along the seafront.

“This year’s launch has a great mix of music, flying, exhibitors, fairgrounds and fireworks which, I’m sure will have something for everyone. It will also be a good time to buy your souvenir programme which includes details of the flying display, to help you get the most from the weekend.”

Chief Operating Officer of organiser Sunderland Live, Chris Alexander, said: “We are looking forward to everyone having a great time at the Sunderland International Airshow. This year, an earlier start on the Friday evening gives visitors even more time to enjoy the huge choice of hospitality, exhibitions, catering and fairground rides located through the event site.”

Recreation Park will be open to the public for the first time on a Friday this year, from 4pm to 10pm and will include national and local exhibitors and a bar area. Chris added: “Last year we received great feedback regarding the relaying of the live music right along the seafront. This year we are planning to do that again so everyone can pick their favourite place to watch the evening display, and still hear the great music we have planned on the main stage at Cliffe Park.”

A park and ride service will be available on Friday evening from the Stadium of Light to Bungalow Café for £2 per person return. The buses will run from 4pm until 11pm.