Hucknall Air show is cleared for take-off

THE SPECTACULAR, annual Hucknall air show will take to the skies on Saturday, eleven years since the historic event was revived in the town.

An eye-catching aircraft extravaganza was an integral part of the Hucknall calendar for decades before and after The Second World War.

But it has only been hitting the runway at Hucknall Airfield off Watnall Road again for the last eleven years, thanks to the dedication and hard work of the organiser, the Merlin Flying Club, which is based at the site.

The event is known as the Merlin Pageant and has established itself with a hardcore of supporters. It is once again expected to attract thousands of spectators.

Once again it will follow the theme of ‘Wings and Wheels’ with vintage aircraft and attractions linked to aviation sharing the billing with a huge display of classic cars and motorbikes.

Organiser Nigel Perkins, from the Merlin Flying Club, said: “There are not many local displays that have this amount of classic aircraft displaying so close to the crowd - including Spitfires and Hurricanes.

“The sun is also expected to shine so we are hoping for a really good turn-out.”

Gates open at 10am with the main display expected to commence at around 2pm.

Entrance is £5 - accompanied under 16s are free