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Red Arrows to star in Swansea's July air show spectacular

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: March 27, 2013

By richard youle

Red Arrows perform at the Swansea Air Show

Red Arrows perform at the Swansea Air Show

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WINGED wonders the Red Arrows will swoop and spin over Swansea Bay this summer.

The crack RAF aerial acrobats have confirmed they will be performing at the Wales National Air Show on the weekend of July 13 and 14.

You will be able to catch the drama from the seafront, Townhill, Kilvey Hill, Mumbles and SA1.

And you won't have to pay a penny.

It is the third Wales National Air Show, organised by Swansea Council, since 2009.

And businesses along the prom have given the Red Arrows confirmation the thumbs-up.

"It will be excellent," said Carla Tonkin, the owner of Poet's Corner pub on Oystermouth Road.

"It's always a good atmosphere for the air shows, and there will be lots of families about."

Christine Blackburn, who runs the Lock Up Bar and Bistro, Glamorgan Street, said she felt more use of the "barren" beach should be made, especially for educational and cultural events.

"Doing anything on the beach is a good idea," she said.

The air show used to be called the Welsh Festival of the Air. In 2007 it featured a Eurofighter Typhoon, whose jet engines left spectators' ears ringing for days.

In 2009, the renamed show featured a Battle of Britain memorial flight.

Who can forget the velvety roar of the Lancaster bomber, Hurricane and Spitfire?

The free air show forms part of the annual Swansea Bay Festival.

The council will announce other aircraft and entertainment for this summer's show in the coming months.

Land-based displays will also take place.

Swansea councillor Nick Bradley, cabinet member for regeneration, hailed the air show's "spectacular" successes.

He said: "Events of this nature are terrific news for Swansea, not just because they show our city is more than capable of hosting major events, but also because the huge numbers of visitors benefit local businesses."

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