Police issue warning as massive crowds expected to gather in Paignton for the Torbay Airshow 2023.

Busy Paignton Pier Devon

Devon & Cornwall Police are increasing their resources to manage the anticipated large crowds at the Torbay Airshow 2023 this weekend. The two-day extravaganza is expected to draw in thousands of visitors to Paignton, both in the skies and on the ground.

This year, the weather is predicted to be sunnier and warmer compared to the previous year, resulting in even larger crowds. Attendees are advised to stay hydrated and protected from the sun. The flying displays will commence at 1:30 pm on Saturday, continuing until 6 pm, when the Red Arrows will conclude the headline performance. Sunday’s schedule starts earlier at 1 pm, with the Red Arrows once again concluding the festivities at 5 pm.

The police are urging those attending to ensure a smooth and relaxed atmosphere by following a few simple guidelines. This includes planning their journey in advance and being prepared for crowds and queues. Busy events can lead to groups getting separated, so families are encouraged to ensure their phones are charged and to establish a safe meeting point in case of separation.

Inspector Chris Lithgow stated, “This weekend is expected to be extremely busy in Paignton and Torbay, and the police have increased their resources accordingly. We have been working closely with event planners for months to ensure the safety and enjoyment of all attendees. If you are coming to the event, we hope you have a fantastic time, but please be prepared for long queues and a large number of people. Plan your journey, allow ample time, and be considerate of other road users and local residents.”

He added, “Lastly, as this is a family event, we advise visitors with children to agree upon a meeting point in advance, ensure their mobile phones are charged and switched on, and for younger children, consider using wristbands with their details for easy identification and swift reunification with parents or guardians by officials.”

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