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Poor weather conditions grounded several flight displays at Saturday's Sunderland Airshow

Thousands braved the bleak weather conditions at the airshow Credit: ITV Tyne Tees

They turned up to Seaburn seafront in their thousands, but the weather wasn't kind to the spectators of the Sunderland Airshow.

Worsening weather conditions both on Wearside and at Newcastle International Airport, where many display aircraft were based, meant that the programme for the 31st annual show was wrapped up early. Of 14 scheduled displays, only four took to the skies with one fly-past from RAF Typhoon.

Star attractions including a debut performance from the Swiss Air Force team and the return of the RAF Falcons Parachute Team were unable to take flight. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flightwas also grounded due to the precious condition of the aircraft - two Spitfires that were flown on D-Day in Normandy are included in the display.

By 4:15 pm, airshow organisers confirmed on social media that there would be no more air displays.

Performances that did go ahead included The Bronco, Royal Navy Wildcat and the RAF Chinook helicopter.

Not affected by the weather though, was popstar Sophie Ellis-Bextor whose set drew thousands of people to the main stage.

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There are hopes for a full programme tomorrow, with the weather forecast in Sunderland looking overcast tomorrow, but with highs of 18 degrees.

Here's a list of display teams that were grounded today, but will hopefully make another appearance tomorrow:

  • RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
  • Swedish Air Force Historic Flight, SK35C Draken
  • Fireflies Aerobatic Team
  • Strikemaster Pair
  • RAF Tutor
  • RAF Falcons Parachute Team
  • Swiss Air Force PC-7 Team
  • The Tigers Army Parachute Team
  • Ultimate Fighters
  • RAF Typhoon

For more information and the airshow's full schedule, check out our handy guide to the Sunderland Airshow 2019.