A plane used in the Oscar-winning film Dunkirk will take part in Rhyl Air Show this summer. The last remaining Bristol Blenheim in the world will join the Red Arrows on the line-up for the free event, which takes place in the skies above Rhyl on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th of August.
Denbighshire County Council is organising Rhyl Air Show, with support from Rhyl Town Council as the event’s key partner.
Around 50 Blenheims, a light bomber, took part in the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940 by harassing enemy forces and the plane appearing at the air show featured in the 2017 film starring Tom Hardy.
Cllr Hugh Evans OBE, leader of Denbighshire County Council, said: “This is the first time the Bristol Blenheim will participate in Rhyl Air Show.
“As well as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, the confirmation of this aircraft shows how determined we are to combine nostalgia with state-of-the-art aerobatic displays, helping ensure the event has something for everyone.
“Rhyl Air Show is the best free event of its kind in North Wales. It’s important not just because it offers world class entertainment on local people’s doorsteps, but also because it attracts many thousands of visitors from across the UK. This means more spending in the town’s shops, restaurants, hotels, pubs and other businesses, supporting the local economy, which is a priority for the Council.”
Cllr Win Mullen-James, mayor of Rhyl, said: “Rhyl Town Council is delighted to be supporting the town’s air show once again. This is one of the highlights of the summer season and always a soar away success. People come from far and wide to watch the displays and are always given a warm welcome. We are looking forward to another successful event with, of course, the Red Arrows as one of the highlights.”
The Red Arrows will close Rhyl Air Show on Sunday, with the Bristol Blenheim closing proceedings on Saturday.
Other displays include the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight featuring a Spitfire, Hurricane and Dakota, the Red Devils Parachute Display Team, Team Raven formation aerobatic display team and a Strikemaster jet-powered training and light attack aircraft.
The Council is encouraging local residents to walk or cycle to this year’s air show to avoid traffic congestion.
Full line-up details will be announced at a later date and for more information visit www.denbighshire.gov.uk/rhylairshow . This year’s Rhyl Air Show is supporting the Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal.