Sidmouth Air Show 2021 is gearing up to be a ’record year’ for fundraising, prompting the council to thank all who gave generously to ensure the event’s future.
The 2021 Sidmouth air show attracted around a 35,000-strong crowd who gazed skywards to watch as the Red Arrows and a host of aerial entertainment wowed visitors and residents.
Cash from donation buckets is still being counted and is expected to top previous years.
Christopher Holland, Sidmouth Town Council clerk, said: “Sidmouth Town Council is delighted to announce the success of the 2021 Sidmouth Air Show, which is looking to be a record year for the event’s fundraising, even with monies from various sources including car parks still being received.
“The council wishes to thank residents and visitors for supporting the event and helping towards the future of the air show.
“The council would also like to thank the army of fantastic volunteer collectors who make the show possible, including the large contingent of RAF Air Cadets.”
Professional photographer Simon Horn captured these images of the Red Arrows and aeroplanes as they flew over the town.
Crowds lined Sidmouth seafront to watch the aerial display teams fly over the town, starting with the ‘daring antics’ of the Royal Navy Wildcat.
Mr Holland said: “The Royal Navy’s representation was followed by Richard Goodwin in his Muscle Biplane performing some incredibly fast and twisting manoeuvrers, the antics of which had the crowds cheering and screaming in equal measure.
“With the Dakota grounded due to understandable 75-year-old engine problems, it fell to no less than two Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Spitfires to perform a full duo display followed up with their usual individual performances.
“Rounding out the show finale was the RAF Red Arrows who were back over the town after a three-year absence – and what a welcome they received as they flew over Esplanade with their trademark over crowd arrival.”
The town’s air show made a welcome return, after the Covid-19 pandemic restrictions resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 event.
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