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Red Arrows to return to festival

PUBLISHED: 11:07 04 April 2009 | UPDATED: 13:35 03 July 2010

Comeback: The Red Arrows are set to return to this year's seafront air festival in Lowestoft.

Comeback: The Red Arrows are set to return to this year's seafront air festival in Lowestoft.

The spectacular Red Arrows will once again thrill the crowds on the east coast after confirming their appearance at both days of this year's Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival.

The spectacular Red Arrows will once again thrill the crowds on the east coast after confirming their appearance at both days of this year's Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival.

Show organisers spoke of their delight last night after being told the world-famous aerobatics' team would head an impressive flying line-up being sent by the RAF to this July's event.

The Eurofighter Typhoon, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a BAe Hawk solo jet, a Grob Tutor training aircraft and a Sea King search and rescue helicopter will also make up the RAF's contribution to the festival on July 23 and 24.

Festival managing director Paul Bayfield said: “Taking nothing for granted, we have been waiting since September to find out if we would receive an RAF allocation for our 2009 festival and I'm pleased to say that we have got everything that the RAF is displaying this summer.

“There is no Harrier or Tucano on the circuit this time so we have been very fortunate to get everything else. It means we can now go ahead and complete the planning for our four-hour flying display programme.”

Organisers are still hoping the world's only flying Vulcan bomber will also make a welcome return to the show after it helped attract a record-breaking two-day crowd of 440,000 last year.

The last two air festivals have been followed by two days of powerboat racing and organisers Honda have confirmed racing will take place again this year.

Mr Bayfield added: “We are fairly confident that the 13th Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival is going to be equally as exciting and spectacular as last year.

“We are also pleased that, once again, the Honda powerboat championships will be back at Lowestoft over that weekend, giving everyone four action-packed days of family entertainment.”

Lowestoft is one of only five UK venues featuring the Honda Formula 4-Stroke Powerboat Grand Prix, with up to 45 boats taking part.

Admission for all four days will be free, but voluntary donations will be asked for, to help towards the £300,000 cost of the air festival. Organisers are still on the look-out for event sponsors.

For more information, see www.lowestoftairfestival.co.uk or contact sponsorship manager Keith Moughton on 01502 523398 or email keith.moughton@waveney.gov.uk


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