Air Show best in North West

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AFTER months of wait­ing, the North West’s big­gest and best fam­ily event is nearly here.

South­port Air Show 2017 takes place on September 15-17 – and we can’t wait.

This will be the 26th fly­ing event at and above South­port Beach. Tens of thou­sands of vis­i­tors from all over the North West will once again de­scend on the town, bring­ing with them a huge boost to the lo­cal econ­omy. Lo­cal ho­tels, shops, res­tau­rants and bars will all en­joy a big uplift.

Some peo­ple still ask why Black­pool Air Show is free, while at South­port Air Show vis­i­tors have to pay ad­mis­sion. Apart from South­port be­ing a vastly su­pe­rior event, it makes sense that the event is funded by the peo­ple who en­joy to watch it, rather than push­ing up the bills for coun­cil tax pay­ers in Sefton. At a time when Sefton Coun­cil is faced with £64m of cuts, lump­ing a large bill for a free-for-all air show onto the tax­payer would be dif­fi­cult to de­fend.

Tick­ets, how­ever, are very rea­son­able, with £6.50 gen­eral ad­mis­sion for a full day’s en­ter­tain­ment (how much would two hours at the cin­ema cost?) and prices are frozen from last year.

The line-up of air­craft this year is su­perb, with the mighty Sally B Fly­ing Fortress vis­it­ing South­port for the first time. You can also see breath­tak­ing acro­bat­ics from The Blades, Fire­flies and Team Raven, and ad­mire the brav­ery of the Bre­itling Wing­walker.

Clas­sic air­craft fans will love the Spi­tifre and the ME-109, the De Hav­il­land Vam­pire Pair and the P-51 Mus­tang. And of course don’t miss the show’s first ever night fly­ing spec­tac­u­lar on the Fri­day night.

What an amaz­ing event we have in our town.

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