A top tribute band will be flying high at this year’s airshow.
The Illegal Eagles headline Cliffe Park, Seaburn, on July 24 as part of an evening of music and flying performances to kick off the annual spectacular.
Other performers include The Voice and Miss Sunderland contestant Olivia Lawson, from Grindon, starting the stage programme at 4pm; The Lake Poets, George Shovlin and the Radars, and Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band (Scotland).
Coun John Kelly, the City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, said: “The Friday evening event is a fantastic way to start the airshow experience. The family festival atmosphere sets the scene perfectly for the rest of the weekend.
“This year we are introducing some top local talent to our audience. With music including acoustic folk, blues and a military band as well as The Lake Poets, and of course the Illegal Eagles, I’m sure everyone will find something to sing along with.”
From 6pm a flying display includes: the RAF Tutor, Hawk T2 Team, The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, The Red Arrows, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the flying programme finishes with the Twister Duo Display Team, complete with their airborne pyrotechnics. The evening closes with a firework display launched from the recently refurbished Roker Pier at about 9.40pm.
Sue Stanhope, airshow director, said: “The free family fun on the Friday night is a great start to the weekend. Each year we work hard to improve on what has gone before and to bring something new to the event.
“This year we have extended the stage programme to include more local bands and we are proud to have such a comprehensive RAF presence in the evening’s flying programme.
“I’m sure that I’m not the only one who is looking forward to a great evening’s entertainment.
“The music is once again being relayed right along the seafront from Roker to Seaburn.”