December 10 2013 Latest news:
By MARK BOGGIS
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
It has become one of East Anglia’s biggest events, with hundreds of thousands of people having regularly flocked to Lowestoft to enjoy the town’s seafront air festival spectacular.
But with the cancellation of the airshow this year, due to a lack of financial support, there were fears for the future of a festival that has boosted the local economy by millions over the years.
However, there was fresh hope and real optimism last night that Lowestoft’s premier event may soar onto the calendar once more next year – as positive discussions over the return of the airshow were held.
A crunch meeting, organised by Lowestoft Vision, took place as airshow directors, Waveney District councillors and key business representatives from the town discussed ways of “getting the airshow back in 2014.”
Last September, organisers announced the cancellation of this year’s airshow after a lack of donations and poor weather on the second day of the 2012 event left them unable to fund a show this year.
With £60,000 needed to meet the airshow’s wet weather contingency reserve fund to get the airshow back next year, it is now all-systems go, as Lowestoft Vision works with the airshow directors and business leaders to “make a concrete commitment” and move plans forward for next year.
But to make this happen, a pledge of £20,000 is needed by the end of this month to ensure “the green light” is given for 2014.
Speaking after the meeting, Lowestoft Vision chairman Danny Steel said: “The message is it looks like we have identified some of the funds needed to make it happen, but now we need a pledge of £20,000 from the town.”
■ If you can help with a funding pledge for the return of the Lowestoft airshow, e-mail email@example.com or call 01502 502200.