Sunderland Airshow: Your guide to the weekend

Sunderland International Airshow 2014'One of the highlights, and everybody's favourite, the Red Arrows thrilled visitors on both Saturday and Sunday with their impressive display.
Sunderland International Airshow 2014'One of the highlights, and everybody's favourite, the Red Arrows thrilled visitors on both Saturday and Sunday with their impressive display.
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Sunderland International Airshow promises to be a feast of fun, offering everything from fighter jets to fireworks.

The annual free event along Sunderland’s coastline is set to get off to a flying start on Friday, with a host of live entertainment. The Illegal Eagles play Cliffe Park, Seaburn, on Friday, July 24, as part of an evening of music and exciting performances.

The family festival atmosphere sets the scene perfectly for the rest of the weekend.

Count John Kelly, Sunderland Council’s portfolio holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture

Olivia Lawson, former The Voice and Miss Sunderland contestant, will open the show at 4pm. Local lads The Lake Poets, George Shovlin and the Radars, and Her Majesty’s Royal Marine Band (Scotland), will also feature on the bill.

The Sunderland International Airshow is taking place until Sunday, July 26. We’re covering the event live with videos and photos from along our coast. Use #SunAirshow on Twitter to get involved.

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Count John Kelly, Sunderland 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.”

Sue Stanhope, Airshow director, added: “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.”

The entertainment reaches for the sky as a spectacular flying display takes off from 6pm.

This year the Sunderland International Airshow will feature the RAF Tutor, Hawk T2 Team, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, The Red Arrows, the Eurofighter Typhoon and the Twister Duo Display Team, which will end the show with their airborne pyrotechnics.

The Sunderland Council event is delivered by events company Sunderland Live and each year attracts hundreds of thousands of spectators to the city’s fantastic coastline.

In addition to the Airshow there will be plenty of activites on the ground for all the family to enjoy, including military exhibitions during the afternoon on Cliffe Park and Bede’s Cross.

Recreation Park will also be open throughout the afternoon and will include national and local exhibitors and a bar area.

A spectacular firework display, which is set to launch from the recently refurbished Roker Pier at about 9.40pm, will end Friday’s events.

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