Blackpool Air Show attracts 100,000 visitors

More than 100,000 visitors turned out to watch the two-day Blackpool Air Show – making it one of the most successful on record.

An action-packed programme featuring the likes of the RAF Typhoon, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the Breitling Wingwalkers and the world-famous Red Arrows attracted visitors from all over the country.

It was the first time that the Red Arrows had performed on both days of a Blackpool Air Show and their finale received a rapturous reception from people lining the full stretch of the Promenade.

Cllr Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool Council, said: “Moving the Air Show from its usual Sunday and Monday to Saturday and Sunday meant that even more people got the opportunity to see this fantastic free entertainment. It was by far and away the busiest weekend we have witnessed in Blackpool this summer.

As well as a range of spectacular displays, there were also a whole range of exciting sights on the ground with stalls, stands and attractions from the Red Arrows ground team; the SPAM roadshow; Arnold Clark; Simulator Supplies; 21 Game Stall; Help for Heroes; Friends of the Red Arrows; Royal British Legion; Blackpool Transport; RAFA; Love My Beach and Blood Bikes.

Blackpool Air Show dates back to 1909 when the town put on the very first official air show in the UK. That was the same year French flyer Louis Bleriot made the first historic crossing of the English Channel. Future dates in Blackpool's busy tourism calendar include Ride The Lights on August 28, The Illuminations, which will begin on September 1 and run through to November 5, and the World Fireworks Championships running across weekends in September.