THE clock is ticking down to Rhyl Air Show.

The free event, organised by Denbighshire County Council, in partnership with Rhyl Town Council, will take place in Rhyl on August 24 and 25.

The show attracts thousands of visitors.

Displays include a RAF Eurofighter Typhoon, a Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire and Hurricane as well as Team Raven, a formation aerobatic display.

Line up for the day

Saturday, August 24 2019

1.20pm Silver Stars Parachute Display Team

2.04pm Autogyro Calidus

2.17pm Bulldog

2.30pm Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane

2.55pm T-67 Firefly

3.08pm Tucano

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4.02pm Team Raven

4.22pm Strikemaster Jet Powered aircraft

4.37 Extra 260 Aerobatic Display

4.52 Typhoon

RAF Eurofighter Typhoon display team

Sunday, August 25

1.20 Silver Stars Parachute Display Team

1.50pm Extra 260 Aerobatic Display

2pm Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster, Spitfire & Hurricane

2.25pm T-67 Firefly

2.40pm Autogyro Calidus

2.53pm Strikemaster Jet Powered aircraft

3.08pm Bulldog

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4.15pm Team Raven

4.35pm Tucano

4.50pm Typhoon

Highlights - and why no Red Arrows?

The Red Arrows will be absent from this year's Rhyl Air Show line up but fans instead will be treated to a display by the RAF Eurofighter Typhoon display team.

The line-up also includes a Tucano, Team Raven – a formation aerobatic display team flying 5 Van’s RV8 and high energy aerobatics from Steve Carver and The Royal Logistic Corps Silver Stars Army Parachute Display Team.

Peter Sinclair, flight director, said: “Bringing the RAF Typhoon to this year’s Rhyl Air Show was a coup for the council’s events team."

The Royal Air Force Aerobatic Team have headlined the town's show for a number of years in succession.

They are not involved this year as they are conducting a tour of North America this summer.

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How to get there and where to park

Residents are being encouraged to walk or use public transport when attending the show.

Cllr Hugh Evans, leader of Denbighshire County Council, said: “Attendees are being urged to use public transport, or for those living in or around Rhyl, to walk or cycle to the event to reduce the traffic on the roads.

“Those travelling by car are being advised to arrive early to secure parking close to the event, which starts at 1.20pm, with ground activities starting from 11am.”

Supt Jane Banham, of North Wales Police, said: “With such large numbers of people coming to town it is important event goers, motorists, shoppers and residents are aware of the traffic arrangements drawn up by the organisers and the Council to avoid congestion and disruption.

“We are also urging people to ensure vehicles are locked and secure and we are reminding them to remove any items of value or to keep them out of sight when vehicles are left unattended.”

Rhyl Central Car Park will be closed to traffic entering or leaving between 5pm and 6pm on both days due to a road closure in place on the promenade between the top of Water Street to the top of Fairfield Avenue.

A Park and Walk car park will be at the Nova Prestatyn.

A spokesperson for Denbighshire County Council said: "We would advise those visiting SC2, our waterpark and adventure centre in Rhyl, that the recommended car park is Rhyl Central Car Park, however to allow plenty of time before their session due to the expected increase in visitors."

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Peter Sinclair, a former air traffic controller with the RAF

Flight director gives his thoughts on line up

Peter Sinclair, a former air traffic controller with the RAF, says the Eurofighter Typhoon display team, along with a Lancaster Bomber, Spitfire and Hurricane, make the show one of the premier line-ups in the UK this year.

Mr Sinclair, who has been involved with air shows since the early 1970s, said: “Bringing the RAF Typhoon to this year’s Rhyl Air Show is a real coup. The Lancaster was built at Hawarden and for the RAF to bring its iconic bomber means we can put on another very worthy show with a good military presence. The RAF Tucano will also be at Rhyl for the first time in many years.

“There is something about flying that fascinates everybody and when that fascination is brought together with the skills and agility of aerobatic manoeuvres, or the grace and heritage of old aeroplanes, it is fantastic. I’ve seen youngsters spellbound and veterans with tears in their eyes – all in the same family.

“Rhyl has great memories for me from childhood and it is always pleasing to see the crowds flocking back to the resort. "