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Organisers are delighted to announce that next year’s Clacton Airshow will be going ahead on 25th and 26th August 2016.

The 2016 event will be the 25th anniversary of the Clacton Airshow and directors of the event, run by Tendring District Council (TDC), have taken the unprecedented step of booking the first display already.

The Sally B, which both amazed and moved the 220,000 people who watched it grace the Sunshine Coast this year, will be appearing on both days.

Built in 1945, the B-17 Flying Fortress G-BEDF Sally B is maintained and flown as a memorial to the 79,000 Allied airmen who lost their lives during the Second World War.

The aircraft represents a significant chapter in Britain’s history when formations of B-17 Fortresses of the US Eighth Army Air Force flew daylight missions out of British bases.

She is the last remaining airworthy B-17 in Europe and has played a major part in films such as Memphis Belle and Black Book.

Neil Stock, Leader of TDC, is thrilled with the success of this year’s event, and is looking forward to the 25th anniversary of the event.

“A staggering 220,000 people visited Clacton over the two days, which will have had an enormous impact on local business and raised the profile of the Essex Sunshine Coast as a wonderful tourist destination.”

“I have every confidence in the TDC team that delivers this event and I am sure that next year, being the 25th anniversary, will be a fabulous occasion and one definitely not to be missed.”

Mick Skeels, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Leisure said that he is delighted that the preparations for next year’s event have got off the ground even quicker than normal.

“It was the first time Sally B has appeared at the Clacton Airshow, but the reaction received from visitors inspired us to ensure she displays again for the special anniversary year,” he said.

Elly Sallingboe, of B-17 Preservation, said that they had really enjoyed displaying at the Clacton Airshow.

“Although we would not normally book events this far in advance, we are delighted to be part of their 25th anniversary event.”

Further announcements of flights will be announced leading up to next year’s event and, as ever, organisers promise some big names in the line-up.

Anyone wanting information about sponsorship opportunities, hospitality or trade space should contact 01255 686683 or 01255 686654. General Airshow enquiries can be made on 01255 686633.