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Sunderland Airshow 2017 highlights

The weather might not have been ideal at the weekend but the rain did nothing to dampen people's spirits at this year's Sunderland International Air Show.

Thousands turned out on the seafront for the 29th show.

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Rain fails to put off Sunday Sunderland Airshow crowds

Sunday at the Sunderland International Airshow

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Mock beach assault wows crowds at Sunderland Airshow

Spectators at this year's Sunderland Air show have so far been treated to an exciting spectacle, despite the overcast weather.

There's been aerial acrobatics aplenty, and even a mock beach assault.

Watch: Friday evening at Sunderland's Airshow

Watch Friday evening's report from the Sunderland airshow - kicking off three days of fun at the coast:

Police reassure residents ahead of the Sunderland International Airshow

Wing walkers at the Airshow in 2014 Credit: PA 2014

Northumbria Police are reassuring local residents that plans are in place to keep disruption to a minimum ahead of this weekend's International Sunderland Airshow.

Some officers will be armed due to the increased terror threat but police are urging people not to feel panicked or threatened by this.

Superintendent Sarah Pitt will be leading the policing operation for the event as Silver Commander.

"Officers will be on patrol in and around the city, in particular in Seaburn and Roker, throughout the weekend - they are there to offer our local communities reassurance and I would urge anyone who does have any concerns not hesitate to speak to an officer.

"Our local residents play a crucial role in helping us as they are familiar with the area, they know what seems out of place or suspicious and I would anyone who does see something that they think looks out of the ordinary to please get in contact with us, they can either tell an officer on patrol or ring us.

"Some of the officers members of the public see on patrol may be armed but people should not be alarmed about this, more than anything they are there to reassure our local communities, they are not there in response to any increased threat. Please stop and speak them!

– Superintendent Sarah Pitt, Northumbria Police
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