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Red Arrows thrill 200,000 at Portrush

By Nevin Farrell

An estimated record crowd of 200,000 crammed into Portrush at the weekend and were treated to two appearances from the world-famous Red Arrows.

Organisers of the Air Waves airshow hailed the event as a flyaway success.

The only flying Vulcan XH558 in the world mesmerised the crowds on Saturday with its last ever appearance here, before being permanently grounded.

One of the most iconic single-seat strike fighters, the SAAB Viggen 'Thunderbolt' jet fighter, provided a thrilling show of power and sound with its first ever display on the island of Ireland on the second day of the show.

The star of Hollywood blockbuster, Memphis Belle, the 'Sally B' B17 Flying Fortress, was also present.

Yesterday's airshow drew to a poignant close by commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

There was a Royal British Legion Poppy Drop which saw poppies rain down on spectators.

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