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Sunderland International Airshow takes off

Sunderland International Airshow Image copyright Gary Bivens
Image caption The Red Arrows opened the event, which is in its 28th year, on Friday evening

Thousands of people gathered at Seaburn and Roker seafront for the Sunderland International Airshow.

The three-day event opened on Friday evening with an aerial display, fireworks, live music - and a proposal.

Singer Ste Johnson was performing on stage at the event when he asked his partner Mags Foster to marry him.

Sunderland City Council said 2015 saw one of the show's "best days ever" on the Saturday, and a total of one million spectators overall.

Image caption Performer Ste Johnson asked his partner Mags Foster to marry him

Attractions over the weekend included parachutists and a Battle of Britain memorial flight.

Councillor John Kelly said: "We are very proud of our fantastic Sunderland International Airshow.

"We have some teams coming here for the very first time and I'm sure the crowds will give them a huge warm welcome they will remember for a long time to come."

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Image caption A colourful display was put on by the Red Arrows along the seafront
Image caption Last year one million spectators enjoyed the weekend
Image caption The airshow is one of the largest free events in Europe

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