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IT IS THE THIRTIETH YEAR OF THE ANNUAL SUNDERLAND AIRSHOW this summer – and everyone who has helped to make it such a success over the years is invited to join in with the celebrations.

People are being asked to share their memories of the event, with their photographs, videos, memorabilia and interviews being used as part of a souvenir print and film record to be screened and exhibited over the three day event (July 27.28.29).

Sunderland City Council Head of Events, Victoria French said: “It is the support of the people from our city and the region which has helped this event grow and develop over the years – it is truly an amazing Airshow and we want to celebrate that fact as much as we can.

“Our city and the families living here have grown up with the airshow, and we’re asking everyone to share their memories with us so we can share it more widely on the big screen at the event itself and in our souvenir guide.

“You may have married or met your future partner during airshow weekend or actually celebrated a big birthday as the Red Arrows flew over the seafront during an airshow weekend. Everyone will have their own special memory or experience, that’s what makes Sunderland Airshow the special event that it is.”

Victoria added: “There have been so many highlights over the years. From the first time the Red Arrows flew over Seaburn and the first display parachutist landed, to the assault craft from our adopted ship HMS Ocean landing on the beaches and last year’s musical opening celebrating the 25th anniversary of Sunderland being granted city status.

“Hopefully this year will create many new memories for everyone.”

Please share your memories of Sunderland Airshow with us by emailing your stories or images toevents@sunderland.gov.uk

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