Red arrows light up the skies

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The Red Arrows were the star of the sun-soaked Sywell Jubilee Airshow.

As well as the Red Arrows there was an Avro Lancaster, a B-17 Flying Fortress ‘Sally B’, the Breitling Wing Walkers, Sywell’s own Blades and a mass First World War flypast.

Among the other aircraft on a packed bill were two P-51 Mustangs, two Supermarine Spitfires and a Gloster Meteor jet.

Some of the biggest cheers of the day were saved for the Red Arrows, who performed their full display as the venue was bathed in glorious sunshine.

The crowds at Sywell Aerodrome were treated to four hours of spectacular flying displays, as well as a large collection of static displays, classic cars, remote-controlled aircraft and racing cars.

All profits from the day go to the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, and the crowd were told that a figure of double the £31,744 raised in 2010 is estimated to have been raised.

It was a family affair for Maureen Page, 52, of Wollaston Road, Irchester; Gordon Wells, 76, of Hornby Road, Earls Barton; Steve Wells, 46, and wife Ann, 61, of John Gray Road, Great Doddington.

Gordon Wells said: “This is on my doorstep and it is a great place to come. It gets better every year, especially with how the weather is today – it’s perfect.”

Ann Wells said: “We are here for the Air Ambulance and it is nice to have a family day out.”

Mrs Page said: “They make us so welcome here. My husband is in an MG owners club and they meet here as well. We have come as a family and it is lovely.”

Pictures by Glyn Dobbs