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‘One million’ people at air show
The Red Arrows perform in Bournemouth's skies
The Red Arrows make a return appearance at Bournemouth Air Festival

Organisers said over a million people visited Bournemouth for its air festival, as next year's show was announced.

The weekend's warm, dry weather saw a huge turnout of people visiting the town for the outdoor seafront event.

Bournemouth Tourism suggested that as many 340,000 people were at the festival on the Saturday.

The total for the full four day event was estimated to be more than a million people.

Red Arrow at the Bournemouth Air Festival
The Red Arrows on the afternoon of Friday 21 August

Organisers had aimed for the one million mark, and the figure surpasses the 750,000 people who visited the show in 2008.

Before the festival, Mark Smith, director of tourism, said: "In 2008, our over-riding objective was to establish an event that would appeal to locals and attract people from all over the UK.

"In 2009, our objectives are to build the evening entertainment programme, boost the already brilliant day displays and cement our reputation as the leading free air event in the country."

As the festival drew to a close on Sunday 23 August with a display from the Red Arrows at 5pm - cut short by low cloud cover - organisers confirmed the festival's return for August 2010.

This year's Bournemouth Air Festival is the second time this event has been held in the town.

Immediately after its first year, organisers declared the festival a success, meaning its return was assured.

Michelle Roberts, from Bournemouth's tourism department, said: "We had always seen the 2008 festival as an 'inaugural event'.

"We wanted it to become an annual festival and we were able to announce the second year at the end of last year's festival."

It is estimated that the air festival is worth around £25 million to the town's economy, a figure likely to be boosted this year with the higher turnout of visitors.

Air displays at the air festival included a Spitfire with a North American P-51D Mustang, The Royal Marines Combat Display, B-17 Flying Fortress G-BEDF - also known as Sally B, the last flying example of its kind, and the Avro Vulcan.

Spectators also saw a Eurofighter Typhoon, the Team Guinot Wingwalkers, and displays from The Yakovlevs, The Blades, The Matadors, The Red Arrows and a Black Cats Helicopter display.

More information on the festival can be found on the Bournemouth Air Festival website

Avro Vulcan at the Bournemouth Air Festival.
The Avro Vulcan bomber was used by the RAF between 1953 and 1984


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