Terror bollard cost led to Great Yarmouth Air Show cancellation

The lorry used in the Nice attack Picture Sasha Goldsmith via AP

The lorry used in the Nice attack Picture Sasha Goldsmith via AP - Credit: AP

This year's Great Yarmouth Air Show has been axed due to the costs of installing bollards to stop terrorist atrocities similar to the horrific Nice attack.

On Tuesday, June's air show was postponed following a board meeting of Greater Yarmouth Tourism and Business Improvement Area, which is behind the four day event.

It was postponed due to the extra £130,000 costs to meet counter terrorism measures and medical cover.

A board member said the key decision was based around the installation of concrete bollards along the Golden Mile designed to stop vehicles ploughing into the crowds.

The board member, who wished to remain anonymous, said: 'A proposal was put forward that the budget we had set had gone up by £130,000. That was the cost of policing the event.'


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As well as the concrete bollards designed to stop vehicles going up to 70mph there had been discussion about the Red Arrows appearing at the show.

Another board member, who again wished to remain unnamed, said the costs had 'sky rocketed' in the light of terror attacks in Nice and Berlin.

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More than 80 people were killed in Nice last July after a lorry ploughed into crowds celebrating Bastille Day. In December 12 people died at a Christmas market in Berlin after they were struck by a lorry.

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