PICTURE GALLERY: Planes wow large crowd at second day of Lowestoft air show

Things were certainly looking up in Lowestoft yesterday as more than 210,000 people enjoyed aerial antics and warm weather.

Day two of the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival saw 212,000 people throng the town's beach and promenade in overcast but balmy conditions.

The sight of so many visitors enjoying the spectacular sights of Red Arrows, Tornados and a F 15 Strike Eagle zoom over the town was a major fillip to air show organisers.

On Thursday only 172,000 visitors passed through the air show's entrances with rain and cancellations leading to disappointment for some people.

However yesterday the mood was more buoyant as the large crowds saw the start of the second day launch in spectacular style with a display of air show favourites Red Arrows from 12.30pm.


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Cameras flashed and there were gaps of amazement as the crowd witnessed the RAF pilots come within 8ft of each other at speeds of 400mph.

As their display finished a spokesman for the Red Arrows told the festival on a tannoy that it was a privilege to perform in front of such a large attendance.

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He added: 'It is great to be here.'

A thunder-like sound then reverberated along the sea front as Lowestoft welcomed its latest friend - a F 15 Strike Eagle from the United States Air Force which shot across the town at brake neck speed.

And just as it seemed Lowestoft was recovering from the sound of the American fly-past the town enjoyed a twin noisy surprise- a pair of RAF Tornados.

Originally only one GR4 Tornado from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland was planned to fly over the seafront.

As well as the modern fighter jet bombers there was also a chance to remember an earlier hey day of aerial bravery as a Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a Messerschmitt bf 108 and a pair of Mustang P51 bought cheers from the thousand of aircraft lovers.

The bumper crowd were also entertained by the Tigers parachute display team, the Blades aerobatic team, a Hawker Hunter and Team Breitling wing walkers.

As the air show drew to a close its managing director Paul Bayfield said yesterday's 212,000 turn-out was 'fantastic news' and he was pleased with the sight of so many people wearing stickers to show they had paid the �3 donation entrance fee.

Mr Bayfield said: 'I have just come back from the pier and it is a hell of sight to see all those people there.

'The vibe I am getting is that there are a lot of air show stickers about.'

Mr Bayfield also said his 'cherry on the cake' for the two day show, which had a combined attendance of 384,000, was yesterday's surprise appearance of two Tornados.

Waveney MP Peter Aldous had enjoyed yesterday's show.

He said: 'It is very much a high point for Lowestoft as the town becomes the centre of attention for the whole area.'

During the two day show police say there were no arrests but one 20-year-old man was cautioned for possession of Class B and C drugs.

There was also some criminal damage at Claremont Pier yesterday causing sewerage problems.

Insp Stuart Grimsey said: 'Everyone has been well behaved.'

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