VIDEO Record turnout for eleventh Hucknall airshow

Record numbers attended the annual Hucknall air show at the weekend, eleven years after the historic event was revived in the town.

Around 2,000 people came along to watch a range of classic aircraft take to the skies, as well as dozens of vintage cars and motorbikes, organisers said.

Organiser Nigel Perkind told the Dispatch: “The whole day went really well – we had sporadic sunshine and our biggest ever turnout, with about 2,000 people attending.

“As well as the classic Spitfires and Hurricanes, there were also teo acrobatic displays and more vintage cars and bikes than ever before.

“We had a selection of vintage Rolls-Royce motorcars and some classic bikes provided by the BSA Owners Club.”

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 followed 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.