MORE than 17,000 people flocked to Bolton's spectacular air show at the weekend.

Classic aircraft from the past and the present thrilled the crowds with stunning displays in the air show and gala day organised by British Aerespace's Lostock Sports and Social Club.

Among the attractions to wow the crowds was a thrilling display by the Sky High Parachute Display Team, who battled against strong winds but still managed to land on target.

Another was the Aerostars Formation Team, a six member civilian formation aerobatic team, flying the powerful and agile Yak 52 planes. They delighted the crowds with their death-defying stunts. In contrast, the noisy and very fast Tornado GR1 - the UK's premier strike aircraft - also put in an appearance, thanks to the RAF.

And one of the most popular attractions at the show, especially for the older people in the crowd, was the Spitfire which played such an important role in the Second World War.

There was also plenty going on to keep the crowd entertained on the ground

Moto-Stunts International did seemingly impossible feats with jeeps, motorbikes and quad bikes.

The team performed breath-taking wheelies, formation drives and a nail biting range of stunts.

Animal lovers were kept entertained by the H&M Dog Display Team with a thrilling and original show.

And those who wanted a taste of adventure for themselves had the opportunity to try the Army tower slide and helicopter pleasure flights.

Steve Hill, one of the organisers with Dave Gerrard, described the event as a great success.

He said: "Everything went according to plan and fortunately the weather was kind to us apart from a shower.

"It was a great day and I think everyone who attended enjoyed themselves.

"We'll have to start organising next year's event now."

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