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Following the show’s debut in 2016, REM spent the winter exploring innovative solutions to create a sustainable total event package for Torbay Council. With the paperwork signed off, the show was again based over the sea at Paignton and provided some spectacular air displays, including the first display of the season by the Chinook and the 2017 debut of the Red Arrows, who flew on both days. The noisy Typhoon also made its first seaside displays.
In an innovation for 2017, visitors could also get tickets to go aboard HMS Somerset on the Sunday and find out all about a Royal Navy Frigate and how it works.
Huge crowds packed the sea front on both days to give a welcome boost to the local economy.
Just over the road from the REM office is surely one of the most iconic event sites in the country – the Amphitheatre on Bristol’s Historic Harbourside. We know literally every millimetre of this site and working with Crosstown Concerts on Bristol Sounds series is always a huge pleasure.
Kicking off on Wednesday was Brighton-born DJ and producer Bonobo, followed by Welsh rock giants, Manic Street Preachers, supported by British Sea Power and The Anchoress.
King of UK garage Craig David headlined Friday whilst the final night in the run welcomed Haçienda Classical.
Liverpool Double Header
You have to admire the ambition of the City of Liverpool, their reputation for putting on great events grows every year. This year they were awarded National Armed Forces Day which was combined with Mersey River Festival to produce a truly memorable weekend.
The International Mersey River Festival is a celebration of Liverpool’s wonderful and historic waterfront in a completely free three day extravaganza of family fun, amazing music and entertainment along the iconic River Mersey.
On Saturday, National Armed Forces Day drew tens of thousands of people flock to the city that has long had an association with all branches of the Armed Forces.
Staring from the City Centre over 1,000 serving personnel, veterans, cadets and marching bands paraded through the city, saluting the crowds and receiving a huge amount of affection and support in return.
The Earl of Wessex took the salute from a dais on the Liverpool docks, alongside the Prime Minister and the Defence Secretary. Understandably, a huge focus on security for this event, all achieved by great teamwork and communication from all concerned.
If your only opinion of Oxford has been gained from watching Inspector Morse, then Cowley Road Carnival is about as far from that as you can imagine
Carnival is a one day event, held on closed roads and is a celebration of music, dance, food, entertainment and fun for all the family. It distils into one location everything that is unique about Oxford.
Over 45,000 people attended the street festival with the carnival procession being the star of the show with nearly 1000 school children involved. Sometimes chaotic, noisy, vibrant, always fun – exactly what you want from a celebration of a diverse community.
Woking – be sure to wear flowers in your hair
Woking Park was bathed in love and good vibes for this year’s Party in the Park making the event even bigger and better.
With flower power nostalgia and tap dancing performances to face painting and arts and crafts, there was plenty for all of the family to enjoy.
Highlights of this year’s Rockin’ All Over the Park were the swinging 1960s and psychedelic 70s themed parties, in honour of the late Rick Parfitt from Status Quo, and Woking’s The Jam.
Party goers could also enjoy live jazz music, dance workshops, cultural performances and browse arts and crafts stores in the sun. There were also plenty of activities for the little ones to enjoy too, from storytelling about growing up in the 1960s and 70s to crafts and circus skill workshops.
The UK’s new £3bn aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth entered Portsmouth Harbour for the first time in the early following extensive preparations at the naval base.
The 65,000-tonne ship has been undergoing sea trials since setting sail from Rosyth dockyard in Fife, where it was built, in June.
Thousands of spectators who gathered on the shoreline to watch the ship’s arrival saw flypasts of Royal Navy helicopters, the first featuring a Sea King, two MK2 Merlins and two MK3 Merlins which were then joined by two Hawk jets.
A flotilla of craft followed the aircraft carrier as she sailed into the Solent before heading into Portsmouth, where, at its narrowest point, there was less than 66ft (20m) clearance on each side.
Preparations for the arrival of the future flagship of the fleet, and its 700 crew, saw more than 20,000 items ranging from a human skull to sea mines dredged up from Portsmouth Harbour. Which makes our event management brief seem pretty straightforward.