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Wales Airshow hailed a success as thousands flock to country’s biggest free outdoor

SWANSEA’S Wales Airshow had a fantastic weekend with hundreds of thousands of people enjoying the country’s biggest free outdoor event.

Two days of flying featuring The Red Arrows (supported by DS Automobiles at FRF Motors Swansea), the RAF Typhoon and many other displays delighted visitors from across the UK.

The Swansea Council organised event saw huge crowds enjoying a wide range of interactive displays and activities on the ground, including a replica Typhoon and live entertainment, as well as in the air.

The Red Arrows dedicated its heart manoeuvre on Saturday to the Morgan’s Army Charitable Foundation. It’s the charity named for Morgan Ridler, the three-year-old Gorseinon boy who passed away from a rare cancer last week.

Cabinet member Robert Francis-Davies said: “The stars of the show included the hundreds of thousands who enjoyed a day out or a weekend in Swansea.

“The family atmosphere resulted in a great weekend. As one of the highlights of the annual Swansea events calendar, the annual airshow was a huge success, continuing to support the city’s reputation as a top class venue for major events

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“The AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers, the Jet Pitts in their stunt bi-plane and an incredible Norwegian Vampire were among those who made for a real festival atmosphere.

“The airshow contributes millions of pounds to the local economy and we thank local businesses and residents for their patience with the road closures and to all traders for their contribution to the latest show’s success.”

He paid tribute to the effort put in by council staff, Emergency Services, show sponsors and other council partners who helped make the event a top quality showcase for the city.

Swansea has a wide range of top quality events this year, including the World Triathlon Para Series Swansea on July 15, the return of IRONMAN 70.3 Swansea on July 16, and pop legends Madness in Singleton Park on July 21. More info: www.enjoyswanseabay.com

Next year’s Wales Airshow, on July 6 and 7, will have a new partner event – the Saturday will host Wales National Armed Forces Day Swansea 2024.

Council leader Rob Stewart said: “This will also give everybody who attends Armed Forces Day the chance to enjoy all that the airshow brings and vice versa.

“Armed Forces Day will feature military displays, parades and entertainment to celebrate and acknowledge the contribution of those currently serving in the Armed Forces, our veterans, reservists, cadet forces and volunteers. We look forward to welcoming it to Swansea!”