Thousands flock to enjoy Bournemouth Air Festival
An estimated 964,000 people enjoyed the thrills of the fifth Bournemouth Air Festival.
The event, which took place on and above Bournemouth Beach saw more than 125,000 visitors enjoy the action on Thursday, greeting the arrival of the Red Arrows - which performed three times across the weekend.
Last year Flt Lt Jon Egging died after his Red Arrows aircraft was involved in an accident after returning from his performance. A memorial has been set up on the East Cliff in his honour.
Action came from a range of aircraft including the RAF Tornado, Avro Vulcan and the SWIP Team Twister Duo. Stunning dusk and night displays on Thursday and Friday saw visitors treated to special performances, while acts including Rizzle Kicks and Newton Faulkner performed on the beach.
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"It's been wonderful to have had such appreciative crowds" said Bournemouth Air Festival Director Jon Weaver.
"The Royal Navy, RAF and Army have been enormously supportive of the event despite extremely heavy commitments with this year's Diamond Jubilee and Olympics. We're grateful to have such solid support for Bournemouth.
"It's been great talking to Festival visitors saying they felt it was the best year ever."
The Festival has also boosted the summer tourism industry in the town. One and a half miles of stall holders, rides and food outlets proved very popular with visitors.
More than 900 people got the chance to visit HMS York which was anchored in the bay and flanked by RFA Mounts Bay and HMS Severn.
Commander Tom Herman said: "The Air Festival is our largest outreach event of the year.
"A record number of people visited HMS York to experience naval life; which was in addition to our Navy Village ground assets, the support from the Royal Marines, Army and the mighty RFA Mounts Bay and HMS Severn which were at the heart of our activities."
Take a look at our photo gallery of The Red Arrows at The Bournemouth Air Festival