New additions to Vintage By the Sea Festival’s flypast

This year’s Vintage By the Sea Festival promises to be bigger than ever when not one but three military crafts will take to the skies over the promenade.
Blackpool Airshow on Monday.  Wayne Hemmingway poses by a Spitfire.Blackpool Airshow on Monday.  Wayne Hemmingway poses by a Spitfire.
Blackpool Airshow on Monday. Wayne Hemmingway poses by a Spitfire.

The Hemingway-inspired festival has confirmed a WWII RAF fly past of a Lancaster Bomber, Hurricane and a Spitfire on Saturday September 5 at 2pm.

Crowds will also have a chance to get up close and personal with a Mark IX Spitfire when it will be on display outside The Midland Hotel and Stone Jetty.

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A team wearing RAF uniform will also give talks to visitors against the backdrop of the Spitfire about the role the aircraft played during the second World War. Visitors will also get to have their photo taken inside the Spitfire’s cockpit which will be available across the weekend on September 5-6 between 10am-5pm.

More than 40,000 people attended last year’s Vintage By the Sea, which transforms Morecambe’s seafront into a celebration of music, fashion, film, art, design and dance from the 1920s to the 1990s.

Organiser Wayne Hemingway promises this year is better than ever.

The Morecambe designer said: “The flyover proved very popular last year and it was just very uplifting to see those kind of numbers on the promenade.

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People were saying they hadn’t seen so many crowds there in one place in all their lifetime.

“We don’t get stressed about it, we know how good it is going to be, the only thing that can go wrong is the weather. It is bigger and better this year.

“We try to enjoy ourselves and make sure we get everything done in preparation so we are not rushing about.”

“We have got a good local team, Deco Publique, who are on site every day and are part of the community.”

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The festival was voted best vintage event in the world in 2014 by The Guardian.

It is produced in conjuction with Lancaster City Council and is supported by Morecambe Town Council and The Midland Hotel, Morecambe.