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Harrier and Spitfire to Close Airbourne
Airbourne’s Sunset Ceremony makes a welcome return this year, with special Harrier and Spitfire evening flypasts, closing four days of fantastic flying this Sunday.

Sponsored for the second year by City Sightseeing Ltd, operator of open topped bus tours of Eastbourne and Beachy Head, the evening ceremony held at the Bandstand also includes a performance from the Central Band of the Royal Air Force.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin said “The Sunset Ceremony is a perfect end to Airbourne with rousing Last Night of the Proms music and a poignant RAF salute, just as the sun sets on an amazing show. Followed by fireworks from Eastbourne Pier it is both a moving and exciting evening.”

The evening begins at 8pm with a Spitfire flypast, signalling the start of the Central Band of the Royal Air Force performance. As the sun sets half way through, airshow favourite the Harrier makes its low speed flypast, just as the RAF lower their ensign and take the salute, in a tribute to RAF personnel past and present.

Also rounding off four days of action packed excitement, a spectacular fireworks display from Eastbourne Pier at 10pm, sponsored by CMS and Frontier Fireworks, followed by a Farewell Party at Atlantis Nightclub.

Entry to the Bandstand costs £6.50 per person with tickets available on the door and a licensed bar available.

Sunset Ceremony sponsor City Sightseeing have also joined forces with Eastbourne Buses to provide an Airbourne Park and Ride service from the free car park at Five Acre Field, so visitors can enjoy an open topped arrival to the show. Fares cost £1.50 per adult each way (child may travel free with each adult) and include a special Fireworks Link service operating until 10.30pm on Sunday.

Airbourne: Eastbourne International Airshow runs from 11 – 14 August on Eastbourne seafront, sponsored by csma (Civil Service Motoring Association) it is the South’s biggest FREE airshow.

The show opens from 10am to 6pm with evening concerts. For a full list of flying displays, a 72 page souvenir programme is now available at the Tourist Information Centre or at the event priced £5.
11 August, 2005

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