Show wows a sky-gazing record crowd
SUNSHINE, amazing aerial acrobatics and thousands of happy people on Swansea beach — it can only be the Wales National Air Show.
The popular event returned to Swansea Bay over the weekend with two days of spectacular flying in the skies, and a host of activities for families on the prom.
A Second World War Lancaster bomber got the show off to memorable start on Saturday lunchtime with a low-level pass over the city, followed by displays and fly-pasts from a range of aircraft including helicopters, to a Tornado jet and the crowd-pleasing Red Arrows team.
Graham Thomas, Swansea Council's cabinet member for culture, recreation and tourism, said: "The air show was again a major success for Swansea and the city centre, attracting by far the largest number of visitors to the city for a single event ever staged in the city.
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"Bright sunshine and amazing attractions made it the must-see event of the summer in the city."
He added: "What this shows is that Swansea is a city that's more than capable of hosting the very best events."
The show also saw the fulfilment of an ambition for Swansea Council admin assistant Rebecca Lloyd from Bonymaen.
The 24-year-old went for a spin around Gower as a wing-walker after winning an Evening Post competition.
She said: "I was absolutely amazing experience — it was fantastic.
"I can't wait to do it again."