Great Yarmouth air show to be held over two days next June
PUBLISHED: 17:00 02 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:38 02 November 2017
We are all set for take off!
That was the message this afternoon as it was confirmed that an air show will be staged in Great Yarmouth next summer.
The seaside air show will take place on June 16 and 17, with the event expected to bring with it a £10m boost to the local economy.
News that the aerial spectacular will finally be happening was confirmed via an official announcement at Yarmouth Town Hall.
Speakers at the event included Gareth Brown, chairman of the Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area, Ian Hacon, Air Show sponsorship director and Sheila Oxtoby, Great Yarmouth Borough Council chief executive.
Also present were Nathan Race, general manager of title sponsor Haven Seashore, and Geoff Tucker from Norse, another confirmed sponsor.
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Al Coutts, pilot with the Wildcats Aerobatics team, one of the many display teams to be flying high above Great Yarmouth next summer, also attended the launch.
Welcoming the news Graham Plant, leader of Great Yarmouth Borough Council, said: “The council recognises the importance of this two-day event, which promises to bring a massive boost to the local economy in June 2018, and we look forward to the spectacle of aeroplanes wowing huge crowds on the seafront.
“The council is working with the Tourism BID and other authorities to help ensure the event runs smoothly and safely.”
The air show had been due to take place this summer because of concerns over terrorism after the attacks in Nice and at a Berlin Christmas market, which involved lorries driving into crowds of pedestrians, it was postponed.
There were also concerns about protecting a colony of nesting little terns and also an increase in the cost of medical cover.
The GYBITA visited the South West coast earlier this year on a fact finding mission and spoke to organisers of the Bournemouth Air Show.
It is hoped the first air show in Yarmouth could attract 200,000 people and boost the local economy by £10m.
Councillors on Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s policy and resources committee have agreed to lend the authority’s support for the event.
The air show will be held the same weekend as the start of the World Cup in Russia.