PHOTOS: Look back to when Red Arrows wowed crowds at Sidmouth Air Show 2017

The coronavirus has put paid to the August bank holiday Sidmouth air show so photographer Simon Horn has invited us to look back to when the Red Arrows wowed the crowds in 2017.

Professional photographer Simon’s images show all eyes to the skies when the Royal Air Force display pilots flew the Hawk fast-jets over Sidmouth seafront when spectators in their thousands turned out to watch the aerobatics and the Battle of Britain memorial flight.

Sidmouth

Photo: Simon Horn.

air show

Photo: Simon Horn.

air show

Photo: Simon Horn.

Crowds dug deep and raised more than £14,000 so the popular public event could return the following year.

Earlier this month Sidmouth Town Council announced the cancellation of the August bank holiday air show, where traditionally the Red Arrows appear alongside a host of aerial entertainment.

The decision to cancel the annual event was made to protect the town against the spread of coronavirus, and ease residents’ anxieties as they come out of lockdown.

Sidmouth

Photo: Simon Horn.

air show

Photo: Simon Horn.

Sidmouth

Photo: Simon Horn.

The town council said it would have been ‘difficult’ to enforce the social distancing of thousands of extra people and ‘irresponsible’ to encourage 30,000-plus people to the seafront.

Members said protecting public health outweighed any financial gain the air show brought to Sidmouth.

The town council said it will now focus on organising the 2021 Sidmouth air show, which has a provisional date of Friday, August 27, 2021.

To see more of Simon Horn’s photos, see here.

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