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Lancasters attract worldwide interest

The RAF Eurofighter Typhoon, a popular feature at Shoreham Airshow PICTURE: GEOFFREY LEE

The RAF Eurofighter Typhoon, a popular feature at Shoreham Airshow PICTURE: GEOFFREY LEE

SHOREHAM Airshow is attracting interest from all over the world for its 25th anniversary.

The opportunity to see the only two Lancaster bombers left flying in the world come together is proving a popular attraction.

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is planned for both days of the airshow, Saturday, August 30, and Sunday, August 31, and the sight of the two Lancasters together will never be repeated in Shoreham.

Hopes are high that the Avro Vulcan, always a popular feature, will make it this year, with a display planned for the Saturday only, subject to serviceability.

Press officer John Periam said: “Twenty-five years is what this year’s show is all about. It is going to very different, very busy and as a result, there will be some new displays never seen at Shoreham before.

“The airshow office has never been so busy. There has been lots of interest from overseas, with tickets being purchased for Canada, South Africa, Europe, Japan and Australia.

“We haven’t known a ticket response like it. This could well be the most successful show for the 25th anniversary.”

The airshow’s patron, Group Captain Johnny Stringer, officer commanding RAF Coningsby, will be flying in one of the aircraft for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which is based there.

He will have a dual role this year, as the RAF Eurofighter Typhoon, another popular feature at Shoreham Airshow, is also based at Coningsby, under his command.

Mr Periam said: “One man is covering two of the main highlights of the airshow.”

Overall, the flying display will last up to six hours each day, with more than 50 aircraft taking part.

Mr Periam added: “During the lunch break, at 12.30pm, for one hour, there will be a display of model aircraft, including one that will fly with its real counterpart.

“This is unique and very much a first for Shoreham. Some of the models are very large indeed.”

People are advised to get their tickets early. Mr Periam pointed out it is cheaper and easier to buy tickets in advance. Tickets are £18 for adults, £5 for children aged five to 15, and younger children go free. Prices on the gate are £22 and £8. Visit www.shorehamairshow.co.uk for more details. Book online or call 01903 282360.

 

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