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Red arrows thank Swansea crowd for their patience

The Red Arrows have put on a second air display in Swansea Bay at the Wales National Air Show.

The team had been delayed for a number of hours in Cardiff because of poor weather conditions.

On twitter, they have thanked the 'great, patient crowd' for waiting.

The Red Arrows had been delayed by poor weather in Cardiff Credit: Red arrows

Red Arrows display delayed by poor weather

The Red Arrows performance at the Wales National Air Show has been delayed due to poor weather.

The pilots are currently held up in Cardiff waiting for conditions to improve before they make their way to Swansea Bay.

Thousands have visited the show in Swansea Bay this weekend.

Yesterday crowds were treated to a glimpse of the Vulcan Bomber, which made its first and last flight over the area.

On Saturday the Red Arrows treated crowds at Swansea Bay to a breathtaking performance in the skies Credit: Red Arrows


Thousands watch Swansea airshow despite rain delays

Thousands have again returned to Swansea for the final day of the Wales National Airshow - although rain delays throughout this afternoon have affected the timings of flights.

The show involves both military and civilian aircraft.

Displays involving Sea King helicopters, Autogyros and the Royal Navy Black Cats are all expected - although the much anticipated Red Arrows show is now expected to get underway at 4:15.

Weather permitting, the show is visible along 5 mile stretch of Swansea Bay from SA1 to Mumbles Head granting views of the air displays which feature military and civilian aviation display teams.

It's also proved extremely popular with spectators, with an audience in excess of 180,000 people turning out in 2013. Around 100,000 are thought to have seen the show yesterday.

Thousands have turned up again today, despite the weather conditions.

Yesterday also saw one of the world’s most popular aircraft, the Vulcan XH558, taking her last trip in Welsh skies.

100,000 people were estimated to have attended the event yesterday.

Vulcan flies for first and last time over Swansea Bay

One of the world's most popular aircraft, Vulcan XH558, has begun her last flying season and has made her first and, sadly, last appearance at the Wales National Airshow in Swansea Bay.

Vulcan Bomber flies over Swansea Bay Credit: ITV Cymru Wales

The aircraft, which was operational from the 1950s to 1985, played a vital role in the knife-edge tension of the Cold War.

“It’s superb news to be bringing Vulcan XH558 back to an area we have sadly been unable to cover for far too long.

It will give people across all of South Wales a great opportunity to see a Vulcan fly again, sadly in this her farewell season.

I’d urge everyone to grasp the opportunity of one last precious memory.”

– Michael Trotter, Vulcan to the Sky Trust

Watch the Vulcan XH558 in action:

The Airshow is visible along the entire 5 mile stretch of Swansea Bay.

Crowds can enjoy spectacular views of the air displays which feature some of the world's best military and civilian aviation display teams.

Ground attractions include an interactive military village, trade stands, children's entertainment, funfair and lots more.

Tributes paid to Welsh actor Roger Rees

Tributes have been paid to Welsh actor Roger Rees, who has reportedly died at the age of 71.

Roger Rees performing live on stage in 'What You Will'' at the Apollo Theatre in London. Credit: PA

The Aberystwyth-born Rees, best known for his roles in the West Wing and Cheers, also won Tony and Olivier Awards in 1982 for his role as the title character in the Royal Shakespeare Company's The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby.

He was familiar to television audiences as Robin Colcord, a millionaire love interest for Rebecca Howe, played by Kirstie Alley, in 1980s comedy Cheers and more recently as British ambassador Lord John Marbury in cult US political drama The West Wing from 2000 to 2005.

Among his other credits was an appearance as the Sheriff of Rottingham in Mel Brooks' slapstick comedy Robin Hood: Men in Tights in 1993.

Musician Rick Wakeman called Rees "a lovely man", with actor and director Samuel West called him "a sweet prince".

Rees, originally an artist, turned to acting in the 1960s.

Reports in the US, where he had lived for more than 25 years, said he had died after a short illness. He is survived by his husband, the playwright Rick Elise.

Katherine Jenkins to headline Llangollen 2016

This year's festival is underway this week - and it's just been announced that Katherine Jenkins will open next year's Llangollen Eisteddfod. The mezzo soprano will fulfil a lifelong dream with a performance of the opera Carmen.

Fiery gypsy: Katherine is excited about playing Carmen next year Credit: Ceidiog PR

The mezzo soprano says she's delighted to return to the iconic festival for the first time in six years.

She will perform a concert version of Georges Bizet's opera Carmen on the opening night of the 2016 Eisteddfod. The opera tells the tale of the downfall of Don José, a naïve soldier seduced by the fiery Gypsy.

I’m really excited as it something I always wanted to do. I studied Carmen at the Royal Academy of Music before I graduated. It’s special as it was written for a mezzo soprano.

I’ve always talked about doing this and it will be the first time fans will be able to hear all the arias in one evening.

I do usually include several operatic arias in my concerts but I have never condensed and performed all the arias from a single opera into one concert.

It’s something I’m really looking forward to; it’s always been a dream of mine to perform Carmen.

– Katherine Jenkins OBE

Tickets for the 2016 concert will be going on sale via the Llangollen Eisteddfod's website at 12 noon on Monday July 13.

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