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Air shows have always been a traditional part of the summer schedule in the East of England but like so many attractions they have become increasingly expensive to put on.
As a result, two of our highest profile shows, at Lowestoft and Southend, have disappeared from the calendar.
Now the Clacton Air Show in Essex has had the sort of opening day it could have done without. After a great summer it was a pretty dismal day along the Essex coast but better weather is expected for the second day on Friday.
Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Kate Prout
The crowds have been out in force despite a wet start to the Clacton Air Show.
The Red Arrows have already taken to the skies above the Essex seaside resorts as thousands looked on from the shore.
The Clacton Air Show has been running for 22 years and is the last remaining free seaside air show in the East of England.
The show runs for two days.