From Grimsby Telegraph:

WE have lift off – the Cleethorpes 2012 Festival Of Flight is finally winging its way to town!

After years of hard work from organisers, the two-day celebration of the skies has been given the go ahead, with those behind the free event pledging to make it the largest and most exciting the area has ever seen

On Saturday and Sunday, June 9 and 10, the skies above the resort will play host to world famous modern-day and historic aircraft performing awe-inspiring aerobatic displays right along the seafront.

One of the centrepieces of the weekend will be a spectacular recreation of a Second World War dogfight between a Hawker Hurricane and a German Messerschmitt fighter plane.

The RAF Red Devils parachute free-fall team will also perform one of their jaw-dropping displays.

Festival director and MD of Cleethorpes Air Show Limited, Adam Johnson, said: “Today is the culmination of a lot of hard work from the organising committee and we are delighted that the festival has finally got the green light. This project has been more than four years to plan and it has taken a lot of perseverance to get to this point.

“It will be a brilliant opportunity for people to enjoy a spectacular event that is free of charge and something that is very unique to this area.

“We will have the Battle Of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster in attendance, we’ve also got the Royal Airforce Tucano aircraft appearing, and we’ve also got the fantastic dog-fight which is the first of its kind locally.

“That is going to be quite spectacular and a really dynamic and unique display – it is really going to be totally different from anything else that we know of nationally.”

Throughout the course of the weekend, a trade village will be set up along the seafront from Brighton Slipway to Cleethorpes Leisure Centre to provide visitors with everything from food and refreshments to memorabilia and models. Visitors will even get the chance to ride a simulator and find out what it’s really like to be a fighter pilot.

Director of Cleethorpes Air Show Ltd, Andy Almond-Bell, said: “We are tremendously excited about this event.

“We’ve got some fantastic aircraft signed up already and nearly an hour-and-a-half of displays on each day.

“Cleethorpes seafront is a fantastic vista to stage an event like this and we are expecting around 20,000 to 25,000 people to turn out each day.

“It is going to be a fantastic, fun-filled family event.”

Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Councillor Susan Pickett, said: “I am tremendously excited by the upcoming festival – it can do nothing but good for the area.

“In the Humber Estuary, we have got the perfect theatre for these talented pilots in their fantastic aircraft to perform.

“We’ve got a lot going for us in Cleethorpes and the more people that turn out for events like this, the more people will see that.

“It is a fantastic resort and events like this really help to promote it.”

Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, Councillor Chris Shaw, added: “It is a new show that has never been done before and I am excited about it.

“It will bring a lot of people to the resort and will promote Cleethorpes.

“We no longer want people to say, ‘I’m off to Cleethorpes, I hope something is happening’ but have them saying ‘I’m going to Cleethorpes because I know something great will be happening.'”

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