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Festival of Flight: Newcastle skies a riot of colour as Red Arrows roar by

By Amanda Ferguson

The Festival of Flight in Co Down at the weekend was a soaraway success with thousands of people taking in a series of breathtaking aerial displays.

A fly past by the world's last flying Vulcan bomber and a Red Arrows demonstration over Dundrum Bay thrilled those gathered on Saturday to enjoy the free aviation festival.

The Vulcan made its return to the sky following a £400,000 wing modification, funded by aviation fans, including many from Northern Ireland.

As the sun shone brightly, the RAF Falcons parachute display team also put on a display for the excited crowds.

This year's show in Newcastle included a Typhoon fighter and the Supermarine Seafire, a version of the Spitfire designed to land and take off from aircraft carriers.

Martin Charters from Killyleagh, a rear-gunner on a Lancaster bomber during the Second World War, was among the guests of Down District Council chairman Cllr Billy Walker, at the event.

The only two Lancaster bombers in the world have been secured to appear at the Air Waves Portrush event next month.

Organisers of Coleraine Borough Council's air show described the addition to the line-up as a "major aviation coup".

The festival continued on Sunday with a country music afternoon in Donard Park.

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