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Great Yarmouth is ready for take off!

RAF Red ArrowsThe waiting is over - and Great Yarmouth’s new air show is ready for take-off.

After months of planning, the long-awaited event takes to the air above the resort’s famous seafront.

This weekend thousands of happy faces along the Golden Mile will get a grandstand view of two afternoons of aerial action that should also see an economic boost land in the town.

It is organised by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area (GYTABIA) in its drive to bring more visitors and spending power to the area.

GYTBIA chairman Gareth Brown said: “The stage is set for a stunning debut for this exciting new event – with some of the best aircraft display teams around – from First World War replicas to the fast jet skills of the Red Arrows.

“We are hoping everyone who comes enjoys the flying skills, the seafront stalls, bars and atmosphere – and that they make it a must-not-miss date in their diary for future years.

“The air show has the potential to bring thousands more visitors and millions of extra pounds into the local economy – and highlights the value of having an organisation like GYTABIA running events and marketing.”

The flying is from 1pm to 5pm each day, but people are urged to arrive early – and to plan their journeys and parking in advance, to avoid the inevitable road congestion.

Show director Asa Morrison said: “The show is geared to bring more visitors to our wonderful resort, but it also provides a major event on the doorstep of local people – who may face some inconvenience to their normal routines. But we hope they will enjoy it too – and that businesses, from cafes to corner shops, see a boost in their takings as a result.

”The GYTABIA team I have been working with have put countless hours of effort into making this a great show for the benefit of all. There will be lessons to learned from a debut year, but we have ambitions to grow the event in future years to make it one of the biggest in the region – really enhancing Great Yarmouth’s position on the visitor map.”

Provisional flying times are subject to change, depending on weather conditions and short notice military operational commitments.

• 1-2pm: Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (Lancaster, Hurricane, Spitfire); Long EZ flying wing; The Blades aerobatics team of four Extras performance monoplanes; Tigers Army freefall parachute team
• 2-3pm: Bremont Great War Display Team; RotorSport Calidus autogyro; Wildcats aerobatics biplane duo
• 3-4pm: RAF Red Arrows; Bronco 1960s recce and attack aircraft; Strikemaster jet; Catalina flying boat
• 4-5pm: Vampire vintage jet pair; AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers; G-EWIZ Pitts Special; Spitfire Mk IX
• 1-2pm: Tigers Army freefall parachute team; Long EZ; G-EWIZ Pitts Special; Strikemaster jet; RAF Tutor T1
• 2-3pm: Battle of Britain Memorial Flight fighter pair Hurricane and Spitfire; Bremont Great War Display Team; RotorSport Calidus autogyro
• 3-4pm: RAF Red Arrows; Bronco; Wildcats; Catalina
• 4-5pm: Vampire vintage jet pair; The Blades; AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers; Spitfire Mk IX

Before and after the flying there are scores of stalls, stands, military displays, pop up beach bars and flight simulators to entertain the crowds.
A Red Arrows simulator is one of the extra attractions along the Golden Mile set up specially for the air show, along with an array of food, drink, craft, gift and charity outlets.
Four special pop-up beach bars will be operating between the two piers. More than 40 stalls will be selling refreshments including German sausages, Chinese street food, speciality German beers, ice cream, burgers, sweets, carvery, donuts, churros and coffee.
There are also handicrafts, gifts, toys, air experience flights and displays by air show sponsors and the military – plus stalls for the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and the Red Arrows’ official merchandise.
At Gorleston cliffs there are stalls with coffee, cakes, burgers, fish and chips and ice cream vans.

Motorists heading the air show are being steered towards two large park-and-ride sites on the outskirts of the town.
Signs will be in place on roads leading to the town – and some junctions, including Acle roundabout, will have marshals providing guidance.
The park and ride schemes are
• SOUTH - Beacon Park, Gorleston - for visitors from the south via the A143 from Fritton or A47 (formerly A12) from Hopton/ Lowestoft). Bus drop off - South Beach Parade.
• NORTH - Racecourse - for visitors using the A47 from Acle, A1064 through Filby, or A149 from Potter Heigham. Bus drop-off - Euston Road.
Prices £10-18 depending on arrival and departure times.
Blue badge holders should book a blue badge holder space and indicate if a wheelchair space is needed on the bus.
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All seafront car parks will be closed for the weekend – but there are 600 spaces, including Blue Badge slots, at Premium Parking locations at North Drive, South Beach Parade and Euston Road.
Premium Parking spaces are:
• North Drive - 152 spaces + 8 blue badge
• South Beach Parade (opposite Pleasure Beach Gardens) - 321 plus + 22 blue badge
• Euston Road - 90 + 8 blue badge
Cars must be parked by 10.30am and cannot leave until after the last display
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Road closures will be in operation in the seafront area to maintain public safety. Some areas will be cordoned off with concrete blocks.
People living in the Great Yarmouth area are being asked to walk, cycle or use public transport to visit the show.
The message to locals is “leave your car at home if you can” in a bid to ease congestion.
A leaflet being sent to local homes outlines traffic advice including:
• Marine Parade will be closed to vehicles from 6pm Friday until 8am Monday
• Seafront sideroads near the display site will be closed for public safety from 8pm Thursday
• Cars parked illegally in closure areas may be towed away
Detailed road closure maps are available on

First Bus are running more services between Norwich and Great Yarmouth. On Saturday daytime the X1/X11 will be increased from every 15 mins to every 10 mins. On Sunday the routes will run every 15 minutes instead of 30.
On both days larger buses will be used where possible and extra buses added where needed. Evening buses will be double instead of single deckers.
Greater Anglia say they are adding extra train services for the air show but warned passengers that trains and stations would be very busy on both days.

For air show updates, including traffic and travel, monitor:
Twitter @GYAirShow
Facebook @GreatYarmouthAirShow
Listen to Beach Radio (Media partners) 103.4 and 97.4FM
Check out the Great Yarmouth Mercury (Media partner)

A 68-page glossy official guide to the Haven Great Yarmouth Air Show has been produced by Archant, publishers of the Great Yarmouth Mercury and the Eastern Daily Press.

It is packed with information about the show, the display teams, and behind the scenes stories.

The guide costs £5 and is available in advance at Archant offices in Great Yarmouth (12-13 King Street) and Lowestoft (147 London Road) before the event and on the day at the Archant stand near the Britannia Pier.

RAF Red Arrows
AeroSuperBatics Wingwalkers
A map showing the air show seafront road closures and park and ride drop off points.