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By Christie Breen
Dumfries and West
Plane display revealed for festival

AN aerial pyrotechnic aerobatic display is set to wow the crowds at Stranraer Oyster Festival next month.

Two night displays are planned over Loch Ryan on Friday September 15 and Saturday September 16.

Festival crowds will gather on the southern curve of Loch Ryan, looking north towards Ailsa Craig, to watch two skilled pilots flying in close formation, discharging pyrotechnics and LED lightshows from the wings of their aircraft, to create a stunning airborne spectacle. Replacing the traditional opening evening fireworks, the aerobatics displays will take place just after sunset.

The display is being organised by Airshow Scotland, the company behind The Scottish International Airshow. Spokesman Doug Maclean said: “We are thrilled to be able to bring a display of this calibre to Stranraer Oyster Festival and we’ve taken the festival’s focus on sustainability on board. These aircraft are, by their nature, very lightweight, with highly efficient engines that use a surprisingly low amount of fuel, and by using nearby Castle Kennedy airfield the environmental impact is minimised.”

Chair of Stranraer Development Trust Romano Petrucci added: “It’s the first time a night aerobatic display will have taken place over Loch Ryan, and our goal is to connect visitors to the festival with the sea and the sky as they look out over the water to the precious native oyster bed. I am thrilled that we’re able to offer some lucky festival-goers the experience of winning a front seat on the Sunday flights. It’s going to be absolutely incredible.”

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