Resort has high hopes for air show

Organisers of the Lowestoft Air Festival have revealed that they now only needed to raise another £30,000 before the event in July.

Organisers of the Lowestoft Air Festival last night revealed that they now only needed to raise another £30,000 before the event in July.

A fundraising target of £150,000 was set before the crowds pour into the resort next month – and so far nearly £120,000 has been raised.

Graham Cooke, managing director of the Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival, which was set up to organise this year's show, said: "We are sure we are going to get there but we are not there yet. The airshow is free but we would ask everyone to voluntarily donate £1 each to share what is going to be a whole day of fun and excitement."

The grand total needed is £250,000, but the organisers are confident that the rest of the money will be made during the two-day event on July 28 and 29, despite the disappointing response to a call for voluntary donations at last year's show.

Mr Cooke confirmed that all the planes had been booked and included in the line-up were the Red Arrows, a Typhoon Eurofighter and a Chinook helicopter.

The future of this year's event was once in doubt after the withdrawal of European funding and disappointing public contributions in previous years.

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Anyone wishing to show their support can make either a cash donation or make a cheque payable to Lowestoft Seafront Air Festival Ltd, which can be left in any of the collection boxes, or join Friends of the Air Festival.

For more information, visit www.lowestoftairfestival.

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