PICTURES: Aerial acrobatics and dazzling displays as record numbers visit Old Buckenham Airshow

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The organiser of the Old Buckenham Airshow has told of his joy after a record crowd visited this year’s event.

It was one of the best set displays I have ever seen. All of the pilots really did bring their A game and it was a brilliant weekend

Matt Wilkins, organiser, Old Buckenham Airshow

Matt Wilkins said close to 10,000 people visited across the weekend, which saw a capacity crowd on the Sunday, watch some dazzling aerobatic displays.

Those appearing included the Old Buckenham-based Wildcats, the only B-17 Bomber in Europe, Sally B, and Brendan O’Brien’s Flying Circus.

“It was absolutely fabulous,” he told the Diss Express. “We were extraordinarily lucky with the weather – in fact, with storms going off five miles to the south, we were not touched, which was wonderful.

“As a result, it meant for the fourth year in a row we set a record for the number of people here.

“It was one of the best set displays I have ever seen. All of the pilots really did bring their A game and it was a brilliant weekend.”

Mr Wilkins said he had been inundated with more 300 positive comments after the weekend. nd he added with some of aviation’s biggest names attending – including Brendan O’Brien, Rod Dean, Elly Sallingboe – it was proof the event is now an “essential” part of the calendar in East Anglia, and a badge of honour.

“To have people like that, not just giving us the time of day but actually being here, is absolutely wonderful.”