Get ready for the Vulcan’s swan-song at Eastbourne’s Airbourne

The Vulcan. Photo by Eric Coeckelberghs, courtesy of Vulcan to the Sky Trust SUS-150715-131231001
The Vulcan. Photo by Eric Coeckelberghs, courtesy of Vulcan to the Sky Trust SUS-150715-131231001

The Vulcan will be making its swan-song appearance at Airbourne’s Super Saturday this year.

The free four-day event, which runs from August 13-16, will also feature the world famous RAF Red Arrows on Saturday, along with displays throughout the afternoon from the Eurofighter Typhoon, Tutor, a new Hawk T2 duo display and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, which features a four-ship formation from the Lancaster, Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota.

Featuring live music and entertainment on the Airbourne Live beach stage throughout the day, the festival fever continues into the evening with live bands, a twilight aircraft pyrotechnic display and finishes with a fantastic fireworks display across the seafront at 10pm.

Eastbourne Borough Council Senior Head of Tourism & Enterprise Philip Evans said, “We’re really upping the festival factor this year, bringing the Airbourne atmosphere into the evening.

“It’s not only great for air show and music fans but it’s great for our local economy too, encouraging more people to stay longer and dine into the evening, while experiencing Eastbourne’s seafront at its most vibrant.”

The four-day show also features plenty of fun on the ground, including a military exhibition, children’s entertainment areas, helicopter pleasure flights and evening concerts at the Bandstand, including Big Band Night on Thursday and the legendary pop-punk princess Toyah, on Friday.

The flying display is part funded from public donations each year at Airbourne, thanks to local resident David Dickens and collections organised by Marco and Cathy Giorgi along with the Rotary Clubs of Sovereign Harbour and Hailsham, with 30 per cent of the proceeds also passed onto local charities.