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Air show named best event

Clacton Air Show. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

Organisers of the Clacton Air Show are flying high after it was named the best event in Essex.

It picked up the accolade at the county's Tourism and Hospitality Awards.

The event is now in its 22nd year and attracts thousands of visitors.

Clacton Air Show wows crowds despite wet weather

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

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Crowds out despite wet start to Clacton Air Show

Crowds out in force at the Clacton Air Show despite the wet weather Credit: ITV News Anglia

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.

The Red Arrows performing at the Clacton Air Air in Essex. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Clacton air show announcement

Three more aircraft displays have signed up to take part in this year's Clacton Air Show.

The Tutor, Tucano and Sea King helicopter will all be appearing alongside the Red Arrows, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and Trig Aerobatic team on August 22 and 23.

Alan Goggin, Tendring District Council's Cabinet member for Tourism, said it hopes to announce another major attraction to rival the Red Arrows next month.

"All the signs are that we'll have a magnificent flight programme in place and everything is coming together nicely for the event," he said.

The Clacton Air Show is the signature event on Tendring's tourism calendar and a vital boost to the District's economy - bringing in around £4m more than would be generated over the two days without the event.

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