Yesterday (Saturday, June 4) crowds at The English Riviera Airshow were treated to iconic aerial displays taking to the skies over Paignton Green in celebration of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's Platinum Jubilee.
The event, which highlights the English Riviera on the world’s stage thanks to its natural amphitheatre and many viewing points, has returned after a three-year hiatus.
Thousands of people were dazzled by mesmerising air shows, including the RAF Red Arrows from the iconic Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, featuring the Lancaster, Hurricane and Spitfire; world-renowned formation aerobatics from The Blades; highly versatile support helicopter the RAF Chinook alongside high-octane displays from The Tigers Army Parachute Display Team, Pitts Special, Strikemaster, Yakovlev Yak 50s.
The free to attend two-day airshow, organised by Torbay Council with support from the English Riviera BID Company, is part of an extended four-day event for 2022 in celebration of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee.
Councillor Nicole Amil, Chair of the Airshow Working Party and Member Champion, The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee said: “I can’t think of a better way of marking Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years of service to the people of the United Kingdom, the Realms and the Commonwealth than the breath-taking return of the English Riviera Airshow.”
Speaking ahead of the airshow councillor Swithin Long, cabinet member for Economic Regeneration, Tourism and Housing said: “It is incredibly exciting to be welcoming back the English Riviera Airshow after a three-year absence, especially as it coincides with The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. The display line-up sounds amazing, including the RAF Red Arrows who always make a spectacular sight as they take to the skies above the natural amphitheatre of Torbay. It promises to be a magnificent extended bank holiday weekend for residents and visitors alike.”
For all air display and further ground news and information, see the official English Riviera Airshow website: https://englishrivieraairshow.co.uk/
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