Here's a picture that I took a few years back (it says 2009 on the folder but I suspect that it was a couple of years before that even). It's The Swansea Airshow. It was free to all ... you just sit on the beach, lay back on the sand and gasp in awe at The Red Arrows: best in the world!
I have been to quite a few airshows over the years. Back in 2011 we spent a long weekend in Bournemouth at The Bournemouth Airshow. Same sort of thing: long, uninterupted sands and a free show. Mind, it wasn't a free weekend ... a long weekend away can work out almot as expesive as a holiday.
This Summer just gone was again the turn of The Swansea Airshow. I had really looked forward to it being hosted here again. Was I on call? No. Did I have to be away so wouldn't be able to see it? No. Was it called off because of atrocious weather or dangerously low cloud? No, in fact it was a cloudless, brilliant, scorchingly-hot summer weekend. Did I go? No! Why not? MS and high heat do not good partners make. Yeah, but for a few views from the front garden and the odd overflight: I missed it.
MS you're a bastard!