Your guide to the Lowestoft Air Festival
Hayley MaceHundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to head to the east coast tomorrow as the 14th Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival gets under way.Hayley Mace
Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to head to the east coast tomorrow as the 14th Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival gets under way.
The popular two-day event starts tomorrow at 12.10pm with a parachute display over the beach before dozens of modern and classic aircraft provide more than four hours of entertainment.
Tomorrow's packed line-up includes a search and rescue demonstration by the Lowestoft lifeboat and the RAF Sea King helicopter, daring displays from the Team Breitling wing walkers, aerobatic excitement from The Blades and an appearance from the world's only flying Avro Vulcan bomber.
The ever-popular Red Arrows display team will feature on both days of the festival, closing the show tomorrow at about 4.40pm and providing a roaring start to Friday's flying programme at about 12.30pm.
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Other festival favourites returning to the skies above Lowestoft for the two day event include the Shorts Tucano, the Hawker Hunter and the BAe Hawk.
The Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight will return to the festival and take to the skies as part of the 70th anniversary commemoration year and the display will also feature a Dakota this year for the first time.
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The Red Bull Matadors, which take part in the air race series around the world, will also be making their festival debut with pilots Paul Bonhomme and Steve Jones performing daring stunts including cross-overs at a combined speed for 400 mph.
The festival, which has been organised for the past six years by the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival charitable trust, relies on donations from visitors to continue year after year and trust managing director Paul Bayfield has urged people to donate just �2 each to help pay for the spectacular.
He said that last year's seafront bucket donations raised nearly �119,000, up from just over �81,000 in 2008.
'The annual call for a donation towards the huge cost of running the event seems to have been understood by the majority of our visitors last year and it is because of them that we can do it all over again this year.
'I am sure we will get the support from everyone again this year as I cannot think of any better value anywhere than just a minimum �2 donation for a complete day out,' he said.
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t Seafront car parks will be closed and nearby roads will be coned off, but a park and ride scheme will be in place for visitors travelling to Lowestoft by car.
The park and ride costs �10 per car and car parks are just off the A12 at Dip Farm, Corton, to the north of Lowestoft and at Africa Alive in Kessingland off the A12 to the south.
Both sites will be open from 8am each day, with the first buses leaving at 8.30am. The last buses back from the seafront will be at 7.30pm.
Limited parking and walking sites are also available at Pakefield Cliffs car park (�7 a car) and at the Asda car park on Horn Hill (�10 a car which includes a donation to the festival).
Disabled parking is available at Belvedere Road car park.
Extra trains are being provided between Norwich and Lowestoft, leaving Norwich at 9.30am, 9.45am, 10.30am, 11.10am and 11.55am. Extra trains back from Lowestoft to Norwich leave at 5.20pm, 6pm and 7.57pm.
For more information on train services, visit www.nationalexpresseastanglia.com or call National Rail Enquiries on 08457 48 49 50.