Clacton Airshow presents the Clacton 150 Flypast – August 26 and 27

The Red Arrows will fly over Clacton on two days this summer as the town celebrates its 150th anniversary.
Along with the world-renowned Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF), the ace Royal Air Force (RAF) display team will grace the skies for the special flypast in August.

Alex Porter, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism at Tendring District Council (TDC) – which runs Clacton Airshow and is organising the Clacton 150 flypast – said the event would be a great boost to the town.

“It has been a tough 18 months for everybody, so in the Great British spirit we are putting on a fantastic celebration flypast for our residents and tourists,” Cllr Porter said.

“This is an important year for Clacton, as the town marks 150 years since it was founded, and what better way to celebrate it and the Clacton Airshow than with a two-day flypast of the iconic Red Arrows and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

“The Clacton 150 Flypast will be a really feel-good event that residents of the town will be able to enjoy; we know it will also attract visitors to the town, we know it will also attract visitors to the town and hopefully give a financial boost to business owners and the whole tourism and hospitality sector as they get Back to Business post-Covid-19 as well.”

Those coming to watch the flights on Thursday 26 and Friday 27 August will be able to spread right along Clacton’s long coastline with the miles of wonderful wide beaches, promenades and grassed areas.  The flypast is subject to the latest Government guidance on Covid-19 events.

World-famous, the RAF Force Aerobatic Team the Red Arrows team is made up of nine fast jet pilots, engineers and support staff with frontline, operational experience. As the public face of the RAF, the team assists with recruiting into the Service, contribute to defence diplomacy and support wider national interests by representing the United Kingdom and its industry.

Meanwhile the BBMF has been a regular visitor to the skies above the town and will include the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane. The aircraft are regularly seen at events commemorating the Second World War and on British State occasions, and the team commemorates the past of the RAF’s Air Combat Power, Lest We Forget.

Cllr Porter added: “The Red Arrows are flying at very few events this year – with hardly any air shows taking place in this country – so this really is a great opportunity for people to see them take to the skies”.

“People can also take the opportunity to enjoy everything else Clacton has to offer this summer, such as the Octopus Ahoy sculpture trail, the Clacton 150 heritage trail, and much more”.

“We hope everyone enjoys the Clacton 150 flypast.”

Further details of the Clacton Airshow Clacton 150 flypast will be shared in the coming weeks.  Follow the Essex Sunshine Coast facebook event link for updates at CAS Flypast or twitter @ClactonAirshow or email the team at clactonairshow@tendringdc.gov.uk

For more information on Clacton 150 and the celebrations visit Clacton 150 web page, log on to the Clacton 150 Facebook page or email clacton150@tendringdc.gov.uk

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Winning Octopus Ahoy! sculpture arrives in Clacton by jet ski

Children have been making waves in a sculpture design competition as part of the summer art trail project Octopus Ahoy!  The art and charity event features more than 100 octopus sculptures and has been organised to celebrate Clacton’s 150th anniversary and 400 years since the Mayflower set sail to the New World from Harwich.  The octopuses will create a public art trail across north Essex.

Winning school
Primary schools were invited to take part in the celebration of art, culture and history.  Now the array of large professionally painted and smaller community painted octopus sculptures will propel their way across Essex to form an art trail across high profile locations for residents and visitors to follow.

A total of 60 school-designed sculptures took their seats at the Electric Palace cinema in Harwich for the final judging with a panel from Clacton Pier choosing the winner.

Nigel Brown, who was head of the judging panel from Clacton Pier, said: “We chose Holland Haven Primary School as we like the design, the name of Unity and the fact they have incorporated a large number of pupils’ drawings into the one octopus.”

Head teacher of Holland Haven Primary School Due Bardetti, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have the winning octopus.  The children have thoroughly enjoyed producing designs to be part of the final sculpture. They were thrilled when we told them we had won and we are excited about the presentation.”

The winning sculpture design was delivered by TDC’s Clacton Beach Patrol via sea from the Martello Tower to Clacton Pier to applause from the school children watching on the beach.

Clacton Beach Patrol

Katie Skingle, director at KAT Marketing, who are delivering the Octopus Ahoy! project on behalf of Tendring Council, said: “The energy the schools have put into their sculpture designs has been incredible.  The pupils have really loved getting stuck in and that enthusiasm shines through with the quality of the designs that have come back to us.  “They are going to look fantastic when they hit their venues on June 25.”

The Clacton Breeze open top bus was also unveiled at Clacton Pavilion this weekend by Clacton Rocks and the Octopus Ahoy! crew.
Octo bus

The Octo-bus marked the start of the Clacton Rock bus routes heading around town this summer.

Davina Langley, marketing manager at Hedingham Omnibuses, said: “We are thrilled to re-launch our Clacton Breeze Bus Tours and join forces with Octopus Ahoy! as it’s a fabulous way to take in the town and beautiful seaside”

The free Octopus Ahoy! app is now available to download from Apple and Android stores from today.  The app will help people to plan their route and list which prizes they want to scan and win via the QR codes at the bottom of each octopus base.

The free activity will lead to prizes ranging from octopus keyrings to free afternoon teas.

 

(Information and images from Clacton Gazette 01/06/2021).