Sunderland Airshow: Photos of Friday night spectacular

It’s here ...

 Sunderland International Airshow has finally landed in the city.

Sunderland Airshow 2015 opening night. Brothers, from left, Owen, aged 2, Aiden, aged 6 and Daniel Calder, aged 2

Sunderland Airshow 2015 opening night. Brothers, from left, Owen, aged 2, Aiden, aged 6 and Daniel Calder, aged 2

Last night, crowds headed to the seafront at Seaburn for an evening of entertainment.

As well as music, people of all ages were able to wander among a range of information stalls, climb aboard military trucks and take part in interactive activities.

There was also a firework display to end the night ahead of the all-day event on Saturday and Sunday.

Mum-of-three Sarah Calder, from South Shields, said: “We have never been here on the Friday night before, but we are going away at the weekend and we didn’t want to miss it.

I’m really pleased to see so many people down here

Sue Stanhope

“We have brought the boys, Aidan, six, Owen and Daniel, two, down here every year since they were born. It’s really good fun.”

Mum Racheal Charlton, from Seaburn, who was with her son Lewis, nine, and daughter Ebony, eight,said: “We come here every year. The kids get really excited about it, they come down and watch the fireworks, we make a weekend of it.

“Each day, they seem to find something new.

“It’s really good, they really enjoy it. It’s brilliant and so well organised.”

The event, which continues today, will see a range of flying demonstrations from a variety of aircraft including a display from the Red Arrows.

Sunderland City Council’s Airshow director Sue Stanhope said: “I’m really pleased to see so many people down here from the start of the event.

“I think it is a combination of the schools finishing so people can come down much earlier, and also there being lots of things to come down to do. It’s great to see.”

Official souvenir programmes will be on sale across the site for £3 each.

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