Watch a slideshow of photographs from the opening of Sunderland Airshow 2017

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Spectacular flying displays, music and fireworks helped launch Sunderland International Airshow 2017.

The Friday evening launch for the weekend event has become increasingly popular, and large crowds gathered at Cliffe Park and along the seafront.

Crowds arrived to enjoy a full night's flying programme, including the Red Arrows and Typhoon Display team providing a spectacular aerial backdrop to music from the stage and ground based displays, activities and entertainment.