A ground to air mission to deliver family fun

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Tuesday, July 28th, 2015
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When the Red Arrows soar across the Mourne Mountains and swoop over Dundrum Bay in a blaze of glory on Saturday 8 August, they will provide a colourful highlight to one of Ireland’s biggest and best attended annual air shows but, while eyes will be on the skies for Ireland’s best-attended and best-loved annual air show, there’s also a feast of family entertainment to be enjoyed at ground level.
CAPTION: Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Naomi Bailie was besieged by junior aviation fans as she launched the 2015 B/E Aerospace Festival Of Flight. The event programme is sending summer expectations soaring as the children look forward to the world famous Red Arrows jetting in over Newcastle and Dundrum Bay on Saturday 8 August. The Red Arrows will be part of an amazing display of vintage and contemporary aircraft whirling through the skies while, at ground level Newcastle delivers a packed programme of free family entertainment. Creating their own mini Red Arrows formation display with Cllr Bailie are Ethan (8), Eoin (8) and Zara (6) Smyth, Louis Scullion (7 ), Connor Rooney (4) and Shea (10) and Teagan (8) Clelland.

Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Naomi Bailie was besieged by junior aviation fans as she launched the 2015 B/E Aerospace Festival Of Flight

Around 100,000 people are expected to flock to the region to enjoy the aerial extravaganza and, while many will seek viewing spots along scenic Dundrum Bay, the majority of visitors will converge on Newcastle. The town has responded with a full programme of mainly free family entertainment, stretching over the Festival weekend. The 2015 programme has a twin focus, with events centred on the ever-popular Newcastle Promenade where flight-fanciers traditionally gather to see the aerial display, and at an exciting Aviation Village at nearby Castle Park at the heart of the town. Looking forward to the big day, Newry, Mourne and Down District Council Chairperson, Councillor Naomi Bailie, said, “For generations Newcastle has built its appeal on a great blend of natural attributes and a cheerful, family-friendly atmosphere. “The B/E Aerospace Festival of Flight reflects that approach and we are presenting a fantastic choice of attractions which will entertain the whole family, without breaking the bank. “Our air show will take off at approximately 2.45pm on Saturday 8 August, but we are hoping that our visitors will choose to arrive early and stay late, making the most of a day that’s packed with fun and a town that’s brim-full of visitor attractions.” Chief amongst those attractions will be the Aviation Village, open at Castle Park in the town centre from 10.00am. Air Cadets from across the County will be on duty, offering young visitors have-a-go sessions at everything from laser clay pigeon shooting to an inflatable assault course. There will also be an opportunity to climb on board an RAF Jet Provost cockpit for a taste of what it might be like to rule the skies! For further information or a FREE copy of the Festival programme please contact Newcastle Visitor Centre on 028 4372 2222 or full listings online at www.facebook.com/DownFestivals
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