Airbourne ready for take off today

Airbourne gets underway today – with organisers hoping early mist clears in time for the start of the ever-popular air display.

Crowd-favourites the Red Arrows may be conspicuous by their absence – having opted for a trip to Red Square in Moscow over their annual jaunt to Eastbourne – but there should still be enough to keep the thousands of revellers amused.

Top of the bill is the Vulcan bomber, which Eastbourne Borough Council recently forked out £12,000 to secure for a Saturday slot.

There will also be appearances from a Sea King, the ever-popular Breitling Wingwalkers, a Tornado GR4 and a Messerschmitt.

And the show-stealing Battle of Britain Memorial Flight team will once again take to the skies over Eastbourne.

A main arena will once again host a series of demonstrations, including slots from the Royal Marines who will be showing off their combat skills and the popular Essex Dog Display team – both of which always go down a treat with the crowds.

Vintage military vehicles will be on display in Wilmington Square and celebrity hairdresser Jal Clarke will be bringing his Street Styling Tour to town with live musicians, and also cutting hair for donations towards Airbourne.

The big name acts kick-off at 12.30pm with the Royal Navy Parachute Display Team scheduled for the skies, followed by the wingwalkers at 2.41.

The Tigers Parachute Display Team will also appear at 3.47pm.

Entry is free although revellers are encouraged to give generously to bucket collectors – with organisers warning that unless people cough up some loose change, the future of Airbourne is a bleak one. They have appealed for everyone to donate £1 to help cover costs, with 30 per cent of money raised going to the local RNLI.

Parking is available at Five Acre Field costing £3 per car with a bus service running to and from the pier.