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Sunderland Airshow 2018 'raised the bar'

Sunderland City Council says it has 'raised the bar' in organising big events on Wearside following the 30th International Airshow over the weekend.

One of the world's most advanced aircrafts, the RAF Typhoon, brought the aerial display to an end on Sunday.

The weather forced some display cancellations during the event Credit: North News

It was a fitting finale to the third day of the event which gave the crowds gathered along the seafront their chance to pay tribute to the centenary of the RAF.

While weather conditions had an inevitable effect on the flying programme, Sunday’s flyers included the Gyro, Tutor, Bronco, Chinook, and two Vampire jets.

Thousands gathered despite the weather Credit: North News

Typhoon Display pilot Flt Lt Jim Peterson said performing at Sunderland in the Airshow’s 30th year and the Royal Air Force’s 100th was an "absolute honour and a privilege."

Sunderland airshow is renowned among the summer circuit as one of the best. Friday night the weather didn’t quite go as we’d hoped but we gave it a good go, and it probably looked quite dramatic in the fading light with the afterburners and lightning. Safety has to be our number one priority.

The weather was kind on Saturday and we managed a full show which was also great.

– Flt Lt Jim Peterson
The Red Arrows made their anticipated return to the Airshow on Saturday Credit: ITV News

Crowd numbers were into the hundreds of thousands with large crowds for the Red Arrows on Saturday afternoon, plus arena displays and a stage programme. Friday evening’s programme of flying and live music also proved popular.