Lowestoft air show excitement builds

Excitement is gathering in Lowestoft this morning as large crowds start to gather for the start of the two day Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival.

Thousands of people could be seen heading towards the town's sea front, which was already beginning to become jam packed with people eager to see a aerial spectacular, featuring the Red Arrows.

As the crowds built up the weather remained warm and windy and was a bit overcast.

And people were showing their support for the air show by paying the suggested �3 donation fee to enter- a rise of �1 compared to last year.

Colin Cole was one of the volunteers who was at the air show entrance holding a donation bucket.

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He said that probably more than 50pc of people were paying the suggested fee, although some donations varied from �1 to �5.

Mr Cole, who has volunteering for his second air show, said: 'I think it is going well so far.'

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Trevor Johnson, 62, from Loddon and who is retired, was glad he could pay the �3 to see the show.

He said: 'I think it is superb value for money. It is not just the aircraft it is the other things as well, like all the activities for children.'

Mr Johnson said he was eager to see a Hawker Hunter zoom over the seafront this afternoon.

David Leveridge, 43 from Wymondham and who works for May Gurney, had also paid the �3 fee to enter his first air festival.

He said: 'At the end of the day what can you get for �3 these days. It is well worth it to come here.'

The air show started this morning with a nautical theme as the Royal Norfolk and Suffolk Yacht Club held at sail past at 10.30am.

See the website for further updates later today.

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