Bray Air Display a Soaraway Success

Posted: August 3, 2016 in All Posts, Reporting
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The eleventh annual Bray Air Display entertained record crowds in the Co. Wicklow seaside town over the weekend.

In what is fast becoming a popular mainstay in the Bray social calendar, 20 aircrafts of varying capabilities and sizes held the 140,000-strong crowd in thrall over two sunny days in what organisers have declared a “phenomenal success.”

The free-admission spectacular included both domestic and international acts, with the main draw being the world-famous RAF Red Arrows. Other acts included Frecce Tricolori from Italy and the Breitling Wingwalkers, also from the UK.

Among the record crowd was 26 year old Spanish student Irene Gutierrez, who was attending her first such show and was left suitably impressed. “It’s the first time I’ve ever been to anything like this and I think it’s amazing”, she said, before adding “I think they (the organisers) were very lucky with the sunshine because I have lived here for two years and I know the sun is very rare in this country!”

Also in attendance was local father-of-two Donal Proctor who was bringing his five-year-old twin sons for the first time. “We wanted to come the past few years but we thought the kids were too young and the noise might scare them, but it looks like I needn’t have worried; they were absolutely mesmerised by the whole spectacle”, he said.

With helicopter rides, a fun fair and a food and craft village, there was something for everyone in a weekend that gave a massive boost to the local economy.

Speaking to the Irish Post, Bray Air Display Director Sé Pardy described the Sunday as “a day to remember in Irish aviation history”.

The Air Display was managed by Bray Summerfest with the main sponsorship provided by the Irish Aviation Authority, with support from Wicklow County Council &


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