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By Jack Warren

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That's all from our special edition of Essex Live from the Clacton Airshow. 

Before we go, ever met your childhood hero? Well, the dream came true for one young lad today...

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We'll be back on Tuesday from 08:00 with another look at stories happening across Essex. 

Whatever you're up to, have a great Bank Holiday weekend. 

Weather: Staying dry this evening, possible thunderstorms tonight

Dan Holley

BBC Look East weather

Tonight will start dry with clear spells allowing a few mist or fog patches to form, but cloud will increase from the south with one or two thunderstorms possible later. 

A fresher night for sleeping, with temperatures down to 11C (52F).

Weather map for the East of England

There will be some hazy sunshine in places on Saturday, but showers and thunderstorms will tend to merge into longer spells of rain, giving the risk of some local flooding. 

Feeling quite humid, with temperatures potentially as high as 25C (77F).

Get your local Bank Holiday forecast at BBC Weather.

Whitlock busts his moves all over the country

Alex Pope

BBC Local Live

It's certainly been a busy week for double gold winning Olympian Max Whitlock. 

Not content with winning three medals at the Rio Olympics, since he arrived back home on Tuesday he's been busting his moves all over the country. 

Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock
Maz Whitlock on BBC Breakfast
Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock
Max Whitlock

Travel: A133 slow leaving Clacton

BBC Travel

There's very slow traffic on the A133 leaving Clacton as thousands of people head home from today's airshow. 

Queues are currently back to the Colchester Road junction in Weeley.

Latest updates here.

The noise of the Typhoon is a bit too much for some

... they're enjoying themselves... honestly. 

Typhoon face

Typhoon rounds off the 21st Clacton Airshow

They're sometimes used to intercept Russian bombers, but today the Typhoon is bringing the Clacton Airshow to an end! 

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'Red Arrows flew over my flat'

Camber Sands death 'one of many' family have experienced

Continuing his conversation with BBC Essex, the brother-in-law of Inthushan Sriskantharaja, who drowned at Camber Sands, said the 23-year-old's death was one of many the family had experienced in recent years. 

Camber Sands

We lost a lot of family in Sri Lanka, he lost his parents in the wartime. There was four of them killed in total, now it's only my wife left. It's very sad."

Sivasothy Bijayaruba

Tribute to 'nice guy' who drowned during Camber Sands trip

The brother-in-law of a Grays man who drowned with a group of friends on a beach in Camber Sands has described him as a "funny man".

Sivasothy Bijayaruba

Inthushan Sriskantharasa, 23, of Chadwell Road, was one of five people who died on a day trip on Wednesday.

"He was always playing with my daughter," Sivasothy Bijayaruba told BBC Essex. 

"He just loved laughing and joking, he was just a nice guy."

Our top stories from Essex Live

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

  • A man from Grays has been named as one of the five men who died on a beach in East Sussex
  • A mother who paralysed her own daughter in a crash in Essex, which also killed an elderly passenger, has been given a community service order
  • Tendring District Council expects to smash its 220,000 airshow attendance record this year following good weather

Time for a look at stories happening elsewhere

As the planes continue their displays, it's time for us to look at other stories happening elsewhere in Essex.

Remember, you can listen to Radio Airshow commentary here.


Shrine to Essex man who died during Camber Sands trip

The family of Inthushan Sriskantharaja, who died during a trip to Camber Sands in East Sussex, have set up a shrine to him at their home in Essex.

His brother-in-law Sivasothy Bijayaruba, nine-year-old niece Jananthy and sister Kirushananthy are shown in the photograph.

Inthushan Sriskantharaja family

Essex man was one of five who died on East Sussex beach

A man from Grays has been named as one of the men who died on a beach in East Sussex. 

Inthushan Sriskantharasa, 23, of Chadwell Road, was one of five people who died on a day trip to Camber Sands near Rye.   

The group drowned after getting trapped by a combination currents, slippery rocks and sand.

Beach scene

Lancaster Bomber unable to fly in display

The Lancaster Bomber was unable to take part in the Battle of Britain memorial flight due to an engine problem. 


Instead, two Spitfires, one of which is the only original aircraft of its type still flying, put on a performance.

Essex Police on hand for Tiger parachutists

If you saw a dark vessel floating in the background as the Tigers parachuted into Clacton, it was Essex Police's marine team. 

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Greater Anglia warn of problems due to broken down freight train

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Clacton loves the Red Arrows

... Or is it the other way round? 

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Leonie Troke

A driver who paralysed her own daughter in a crash, and killed an elderly passenger in the car she hit, is handed a community service order

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Your tweets from Clacton Airshow 2016

Thanks to everybody sharing pictures with us so far. If you'd like to share your photos or videos from the Clacton Airshow 2016 drop us a tweet

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In pictures: The Red Arrows paint the skies of Clacton

At times they reached speeds of over 800mph (1287 km/h) and the pilots experienced forces of six times their body weight. 

Red Arrows
Red Arrows
Red Arrows

The Red Arrows have arrived

A sea view of Clacton...

Troke sentencing: Judge expresses sadness

Gareth George

BBC Look East

At today's sentencing at Colchester Magistrates' Court, judge John Woollard told Leonie Troke: "I want to express the sadness that I have that nothing I could do today will have the effect of bringing Mrs Wilcox back, or repair the serious injuries caused to your daughter." 

Troke, from Wendover in Buckinghamshire, sat in the dock with her head bowed and broke down. 

She was ordered to do 180 hours community service, disqualified from driving for 18 months, and ordered to pay £145 in court costs and charges. 

Colchester Magistrates' Court
Geograph/Glyn Baker

Outside court, the family of Jean Wilcox, 82, - the passenger who died in the crash -  said they were happy with the sentence.   

Troke sentencing: Mother 'clipped kurb' in accident that paralysed daughter and killed pensioner

Gareth George

BBC Look East

The judge at Colchester Magistrates' Court heard how the crash happened in July 2015 near the village of Great Wigborough in Essex when Buckinghamshire mother, Leonie Troke was driving a VW Polo. 

Her two daughters, aged five and two, were in the back. 

The court heard she clipped the kerb or a rut in the road, tried to correct the steering, overcompensated, and veered across to the other carriageway, crashing into a Vauxhall Astra. 

Her five-year-old daughter Lucille suffered injuries to her liver, spleen, lungs, spine and has been left paralysed from the waist down. 

Jan Wilcox, 82, from Waltham Cross who was a passenger in the Astra, died at the scene. 

Mother who paralysed own daughter in crash given community service order

Gareth George

BBC Look East

A mother who paralysed her own daughter in a crash in Essex, which also killed an elderly passenger, has been given a community service order. 

Leonie Troke, 38, of Halton Lane, Wendover, Aylesbury, had admitted causing death by careless driving. 

She was sentenced today at Colchester Magistrates' Court. 

Leonie Troke

Red Arrows cross three counties on way to Clacton show

Patrick Byrne

BBC News

The Red Arrows are now due to take off from Norwich Airport after an overnight stay and are on their way to the skies over Clacton in Essex where they will give a display for about 200,000 people crowded on the beach.

Red Arrows

After several days in East Anglia they are due to return to the airport later this afternoon for refuelling before heading to the West Country for another event tomorrow.

On the way to Essex and back to Norwich their course will take them over Suffolk twice in the next hour so look out for them now.

Out on Clacton sea patrol

Making sure the swimmers are safe along the seafront today is a team of lifeguards. 

Thankfully, they haven't been called to any emergencies over the airshow.

I joined them briefly as they patrolled the shore - full video shortly. 

Boat view

Half hour to go - beaches are packed

The crowds are waiting patiently for our first display - the Red Arrows - at 13:00. 

There's not much room left on the beach here.


Behind the scenes at Radio Airshow

... If you're wondering where the air show commentary magic takes place, BBC Essex presenters Ian Wyatt and Steve Scruton have been giving us a tour. 

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Travel: No major problems heading into Clacton

With just under two hours until flying begins, there are no major problems heading into Clacton on the roads.

For those of you heading down by train, here's the timetable from Greater Anglia. 

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Today's flying schedule

Here's the schedule for today's flights - although they're subject to change. 

Clacton beach
  • 13:00 - Red Arrows, Twister Aerobatic Team, Tigers Parachute Display Team
  • 14:00 - RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, B-25 Mitchell, Heritage Flypast, Sally B, "Otto" the Helicopter, Bronco Demo Team
  • 15:05 - Xtreme XA41, Vampire Pair, Vintage Flypast, MIG 15, RAF Typhoon

'We've sold well over half the programmes already'

Clacton Airshow programmes are going like metaphorical hot cakes apparently.

Seller Mark Westall told me they've sold well over the 9,000 they've printed, priced at £5 each. 

Mark Westall

Night flying wows the crowds at Clacton

The introduction of night flying for the first time at the Clacton Airshow encouraged crowds to stay on the upper and lower promenades until well after dark.

Another debut for the event was a massive fireworks extravaganza on the end of Clacton Pier.

Night flight
Tendring District Council
Twister night flight
Tendring District Council
Fireworks on Clacton Pier
Tendring District Council

Clacton Airshow: Day one highlights

Despite some cancellations due to low cloud, there was still some great moments on day one of the Clacton Airshow yesterday.

Tiger Parachute
Tendring District Council
Red Arrows
Tendring District Council
Red Arrows
Tendring District Council

Prince William comforted my son over his mother’s death

BBC Radio 5 Live

It's been revealed that while on a visit to Luton this week, Prince William shared his experience of losing his mother with a teenage boy whose mother died of cancer last year aged 40.

During a visit to Keech Hospice, the Duke of Cambridge told Ben Hines, 14, that he missed his own mother Diana, Princess of Wales, every day and that "time makes it easier".

Ben's father Gary Hines told 5 live's Peter Allen that the prince was very comforting to his son.

"Himself and Kate were incredibly caring - he said: 'I know how you feel and time will help'.'"

Clacton Airshow on course to 'smash' 220,000 attendance record

A record number of spectators attended Clacton Airshow yesterday, and if the weather is good again today (which is looking extremely likely), the event will "smash" its best ever crowd over the two days, according to Tendring District Council.

Tanya Ferguson
Tendring District Council

"Clacton was really buzzing and it was fantastic to see," councillor Tanya Ferguson said. 

"Of course we were disappointed about the programme being curtailed but there was so much else to do there were no long faces."

Clacton Airshow parking

If you're driving down here today, there are three official car parks. 

Expect the roads to get busier as the morning goes on, we'll bring you any traffic delays here. 

Car parks

The Red Arrows' schedule today...

Clacton isn't the only place they're visiting today. They're due to set off from Norwich at 12:46 and then fly over Suffolk, arriving in Clacton at 13:00.

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A last minute clean for the BBC Essex stage

Jack Warren

BBC Local Live

BBC Essex presenter Ian Wyatt giving it some elbow grease.... show business eh?!

Ian cleaning

Red Arrows arrive at Clacton from 13:00

For the many, the jewel in any airshow's crown is the Red Arrows. Thankfully, if you didn't see them down in Clacton yesterday, they're making a second appearance today.

The acrobats will be painting the sky from about 13:00. Here's a few moments from their display here yesterday. 

Red Arrows
Red arrows