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Organisers explain Newcastle Festival of Flight display cancellation

Leah Caskey and her brother Caleb get int the spirit with a street entertainer.
Leah Caskey and her brother Caleb get int the spirit with a street entertainer.
Lauren McCandless and her mother Lindsey enjoyed themselves during Saturday's Festival of Flight.
Jack Devlin sits in a BAE Hawk cockpit.
Gillian Clarke, from the Wartime Living History Association gets a salute from Eva Quinn (second left) and sisters Katie (left) and Lucy McKee.
Timothy Edgar (back left) and his girlfriend Jenna Crozier (front left) were on a double date with their friends Mark McConnell and Ellie Knipe.
3 year old Cohen Grant got a chance to sit in an Alouette helicopter, which was in display in Newcastles Island Park.
Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairman Mark Murnin sits in the Alouette helicopter, which was on display in Island Park.
The RAF village in Donard Park was very popular with the public.
Cousins James and Georgina Cunningham might just be possible future Red Arrow pilots.
Carol Causby and her daughter Grace wore matching Red Arrow hats.
It was a thumbs-up for 6 year old Brandon Fisher.
Joel Wyatt and Kerry Annett.
Paul McIlhatton (left) and Tommy Wright from the Ulster Military Vehicle Club.
Sisters Abbie (left) and Chloe Stevenson.
Brothers Blake (left) and Josh Stewart both had a chance to sit in the cockpit of a Spitfire.
Tom Hill gets a chance to have some fun with his mother Carolyn at a craft stall in Island Park.
The Red Arrow's BAE Hawk on display in Donard Park
RAF representatives Tara Scott and Paul Sanger-Davies.
Newry, Mourne and Down Chairman Mark Murnin standing beside the iconic Harrier Jump Jet.
Newry, Mourne and Down Chairman Mark Murnin beside a Sopwith 7F.1 Snipe biplane flown in World War One, which will be on display in the RAF village.
Gervase Hillen and his daughter Georgia take a rest on a giant deck chair.
Tom Hill gets a chance to have some fun with his mother Carolyn at a craft stall in Island Park.
Brothers Blake (left) and Josh Stewart both had a chance to sit in the cockpit of a Spitfire.
Sisters Abbie (left) and Chloe Stevenson.

Organisers of the Newcastle Festival of Flight said safety was paramount in explaining their decision to cancelled all air displays due to the poor weather conditions on Saturday

Thousands were expected to the Co Down town for the show.

However, the adverse weather conditions forced organisers to cancel the main show. In a statement, they said events on the ground would continue.

In a statement, organisers said: "Whilst the weather started well and thousands of people were in attendance for today's Festival of Flight, organisers were forced to cancel all air displays, including the Red Arrows, due to the onset of extremely bad weather.

"Organisers understand that people are disappointed but the decision to cancel was not taken lightly. The safety of both pilots and spectators had to remain paramount.

"All ground based activities continued despite the rain with visitors able to enjoy the fabulous Aviation and Food Village, RAF100 STEM Village and a plethora of wonderful places to eat and drink in Newcastle.

"This was the first time in the show’s nine year history that the full show had to be cancelled.

"Tomorrow the RAF100 STEM and Youth Village at Donard Park will be open from 9am until 6pm. Entry is free."

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