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Sunderland Airshow beats the weather as police thank public

30 Jul 2018 13:00 PM

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Northumbria Police have thanked the public for their cooperation and patience after this year's Sunderland Airshow passed peacefully.

Hundreds of thousands of spectators descended on Roker and Seaburn seafront for the 30th year of the Airshow, a staple of the North-east calendar, and it once again did not disappoint as visitors were treated to some stunning aerial displays and entertainment.

Among the highlights were the Red Arrows who dazzled on Friday and Saturday, while the RAF Typhoon brought the curtain down on another memorable event on Sunday.

Police were on duty throughout the three-day spectacle, and despite unpredictable weather over the weekend, families flocked to Wearside to create a feel-good factor across the city.

Chief Superintendent Sarah Pitt, Northumbria Police’s silver commander for the Sunderland Airshow, was quick to praise the public after another successful weekend.

“Whatever the weather, Sunderland Airshow continues to be a huge favourite across the region and we were once again proud to be part of this magnificent event,” Ch Supt Pitt said.

“As a Force, we were delighted to engage with the public, take pictures with families and chat to residents about issues in their communities.

“I would like to praise the behaviour of spectators throughout the weekend. We experienced very few incidents of note, making just five arrests over the three days. It is testament to the people of the North East that, rain or shine, they created a fantastic atmosphere and behaved impeccably.

“As ever with large-scale events like this, and especially given the volatile weather, there was the potential for disruption on our roads and difficulties getting people to and from the site. However, I was thrilled that the event passed without incident, and everyone left in good spirits.

“The Airshow would not be possible without the hard work of my staff, event organisers, our partners and also the public. Thank you – and see you next year.”

Sunderland City Council also hailed the event and praised the public.

Cllr John Kelly, Cabinet Member for Communities and Culture at Sunderland City Council, said: “We’d like to thank everyone who came along to help us celebrate the 30thSunderland Airshow over the weekend and who helped make it an event to enjoy, whatever the weather threw at us.

“A great deal of planning goes into large free outdoor events like this, and their continuing success is testament to the close partnership working with Northumbria Police and other partners within our city.

“It was a great event and it’s the support of the people who came along to take part - their patience, good humour and community spirit - which made it so. Thank you all.”