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Organisers explain Newcastle Festival of Flight display cancellation

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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