December 12 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Crunch talks between Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival organisers and local business leaders have been hailed as positive.
As possible ways of bringing the aerial spectacular back to the town for next year were discussed at a key meeting last night, there was optimism among those present.
After this year’s show had to be cancelled amid a lack of financial support, a call to all has gone out today to help get East Anglia’s biggest event back on to the calendar for 2014.
The popular summer showpiece, which regularly attracts hundreds of thousands of people to Lowestoft, was called off last September – but last night, a potential return of the two-day spectacular next year was mooted as plans moved a “step forward”.
The meeting, which was instigated by Lowestoft Vision and included airshow directors, Waveney district councillors and key business representatives from the town, was hailed a success.
Lowestoft Vision chairman Danny Steel said it was a “crucial” meeting.
He said: “We need to find £60,000 to meet the airshow’s wet weather contingency reserve to get the airshow back in 2014. We may have identified £40,000, but we still need to identify £20,000 – and the message is it looks like we have identified some of the funds needed to make it happen, but now we need a pledge from the town. We’re very pleased with how the meeting has gone. Now we need the support of local businesses, seafront traders and a pledge from people in the town of £20,000 by the end of September.”
Speaking at the meeting, air festival director Paul Bayfield told those present: “This is a community event, run by the community for the community – it is unique and the formula is envied by everybody. It is the biggest event in East Anglia.”
Buoyed by the enthusiasm shown, he added: “I am quite humbled. It is definitely a step forward. There is still an awful lot to be done between now and September 28, when we would need to put the bids in for the RAF aircraft, so let’s keep our fingers crossed.”
If you can help with a funding pledge for the return of the Lowestoft airshow, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01502 502200.