Historic display set to light up Eastbourne sky

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Lancaster Bombers are set to display in formation over the skies of Eastbourne in their first display in Britain for 50 years.

The Mynarski Memorial Lancaster Bomber will make her return to Britain from Canada for the first time since World War II and will display at Eastbourne’s Airborne show along with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Eastbourne will be the first European airshow to see the momentous occasion, which will be displayed on all four days.

The Red Arrows are also celebrating a momentous year and, alongside the Lancaster Bombers, will meet fans on the ground to mark their 50th anniversary.

“Airbourne 2014 is going to be awesome,” said Eastbourne Borough Council Member for Tourism, Leisure & Sports Services, Cllr Carolyn Heaps.

“We are absolutely thrilled to celebrate the Red Arrows’ 50th year and to be the chosen venue for the first ever Lancaster formation in 50 years. This is a must see occasion for all aircraft fans.”

The four-day free show, which runs from August 14-17, will also feature a spectacular Red Arrows finish with an end of show part on Sunday featuring live music and a Red Arrows themed firework display.

The display will begin with their iconic red, white and blue colours, with gold to mark their 50th year, before launching into a special sequence of international colours, recognising their global contribution.

“Our thanks go to the Red Arrows, the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and Canadian Lancaster teams for taking time out of their busy schedule,” said Shadow Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure & Sports Services, Cllr Philip Ede.

“I know the fans will be delighted to meet them and the Lancaster formation will be a superb tribute to those who served in Bomber Command many years ago.”

See next week’s Gazette (August 12) and Herald (August 15) for a 16-page Airbourne supplement with news, photos and times.