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Crowds reacted with delight as the Red Arrows roared overhead in a special fly-past for the G7 summit.

Just after 8pm, the patriotic planes set off from Carbis Bay, Cornwall and looped round into an arc shape several times before splitting off.

Residents at St Ives harbour cheered with delight when the famous jets moved into formation.

Several members of the public were seen taking pictures on their phones and filming the famous red, white and blue paint ejecting into Cornwall’s bright blue sky.

Wayne Flynn, 55, bus driver, who is from Leeds but in Cornwall for a holiday, said he enjoyed the display.

“It’s the first time I’ve seen it real life,” he said.

“It’s really good – I hope it’s pollution free though because of the G7.

The Red Arrows soared above St Ives this evening
(Image: AFP via Getty Images)

“It’s certainly attracted a few people round here. I’ve always known about it as a kid. I’ve seen it on TV, but not for real.

“I’d go and see it again now if I could, it’s really good. I’d recommend it to people.”

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The flypast was organised to coincide with the G7 summit, which is being hosted by Boris Johnson.

World leaders have met at the Carbis Bay Hotel, where the main topics of conversation are expected to be Covid-19 recovery, the climate crisis and trade.

The jet planes soared across the blue evening's sky
(Image: REUTERS)

The flypast proved a big hit among those on the ground below
(Image: PA)

This evening, on the second day of the summit, Johnson and his wife Carrie will host a hippy-style G7 beach barbecue, with the likes of US President Joe Biden expected to toast marshmallows on a fire pit.

They will dine on a “surf-and-turf” feast of steak and lobster while guzzling Cornish sparkling wine, German riesling, Australian shiraz, Cornish beer and Hedge Row Fizz cocktails.

The unusual and potentially boozy bash, which appears to have been heavily shaped by 33-year-old newlywed Carrie, could be seen as a second wedding celebration for the Prime Minister and his new bride.

The summit has been targeted by protesters
(Image: Getty Images)

Activists dressed as Boris Johnson and an oil tycoon set light to a Viking ship with a sail bearing the words ‘As The Sea Dies We Die'
(Image: Greg Martin / Cornwall Live)

Their “boho” reception in the Downing Street garden last month included sitting on hay bales and listening to folk band Bow Fiddlies.

Yesterday the Prime Minister and his new wife opened the three-day get-together.

The Tory leader at first kept his cool on the world stage – before then descending into a rambling welcome for his fellow leaders a few moments later.

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He told them: "[People] want us to be sure we are beating the pandemic together and discussing how we will never have a repeat of what we have seen but also that we are building back better together, and building back greener, and building back fairer and building back more equal and, how shall I, in a more gender neutral and perhaps I … a more feminine way – how about that? – apart from anything else.

Boris Johnson and his wife Carrie Johnson talk during a reception at the Eden Project
(Image: Simon Dawson / No10 Downing Street)

Johnson with German Chancellor Angela Merkel
(Image: AFP via Getty Images)

"So those are some of the objectives we have before us at Carbis Bay."

Earlier in the day members and supporters of Extinction Rebellion walked through the town of Falmouth playing drums, chanting and displaying artwork campaigning against the use of fossil fuels, during their second day of protests.

Separately, more than 1,000 people protested against the crisis in the Ethiopian region of Tigray while thousands also gathered to raise awareness of the coup d'etat by the military in Myanmar.

Several of the protest groups gathered in Church Street Car Park – around 500 metres from the media base of the G7 – where they held rallies and chanted passionately before parading past the centre.