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    emcee wrote:
    Max Impact wrote:
    jayman wrote: i thought easy jet sponsored the air show this year. what did they sponsor? given the lack of crowed pleasing aircraft I can only conclude that they chipped in a few bob for the toilets or something...
    I have not posted on here for the last month or so because of the typical remarks from the likes of you jayman, a “man” who hates Southend and wants to see the town become a waste land with no investment (airport) no new jobs (airport) no special events (airshow) but is all for a major airport in the Thames Estuary that would destroy Southend as a tourist resort. You really are a total complete phallus, if you hate Southend so much leave town nobody will miss you in fact most will stand by the road side waving you off, most will help you pack. You have all the council account in your job in the Civic Centre so why not look and see where the money went, what you lot of anti’s NEVER come up with is something that could draw the same 100,000’s people to Southend in the two days of the airshow. Why not come up with something yourself, the funding yourself and speak to your colleagues at the Council to arrange a test run of your event to see if it has the legs to become part of the special events calendar. TO ALL AGAINST THE AIRSHOW: FFS the airshow is just TWO days of the year get over yourself centred high and mighty stand point more people want to see the event than you lot of moaning windbags who hate to see people enjoying a free day out, if you hate the show so much get out of town for the weekend and let those of us that enjoy the show to do just that and enjoy it without the chance of bumping into a very small bunch of miserable sour faced has beans, get a life and enjoy life instead of living in your faeces world of sadness and hate. You lot are all the same moan when there is sucsess in Southend and change, but maon when things do not happen and no change with you lot the Council are damned if they don't damned if they do, they are in a loose loose situation, if you don’t like town move. (Bet I get both barrels for that!)
    Max Impact, to clear things up, I, personally, do not complain aginst having an airshow. However, I do complain about the quality of the airshow. In fact I would love to be able to get excited and attend the airshow each year, as I used to do up until six or seven years ago. However, in recent years the quality of the airshow has been a complete let down, each year worse than the previous. The organisers seem more concerned with income from renting pitches to traders, whatever their relevance to the day, and by doing so they seem to have also priced all but the most resilient of those traders out of the market. In fact, not so many years back, the whole event was publicised as an "airshow and market", where there used to be a variety of traders selling their wares and services across a whole wide spectrum of interests. However, these traders are now all gone. Anyway, I actually attended this year (Sunday) to check my facts and to try and enjoy the day. Apart from the weather being glorious, I was bored to tears by the event. The ground displays seemed chucked together, the only interesting bit being the armoured vehicles (even then you were not allowed close inspection and had to view from a distance). The rest of the ground stuff was made up of charity stalls, double glazing et al and other irelevant pitches. These included two massive luckdip (read rip-off) soft toy stalls. There were ice cream vans, rip-off soft drink/smoothy stalls and the rip-off strawberries and cream stalls (the latter of which did not seem to be doing a very good trade). So, really, not much of anything interesting on the ground. So, how about the air. Well, the short, unispired, flying programme was very spread out at times, with gaps of up to 10 or 15mins between some aircraft. Also, after the appearance of the mustang we lost commentary altogether for the rest of the day. The organisers really need to up the anti if this airshow is to survive. Because the Red Arrows were absent the only saving grace this year was the weather. The airshow will not survive if the organisers cannot give people a reason to venture out should the weather be less favourable. At the moment the flying programme, and the whole point of an "airshow" seems to be an afterthought to everything else. I used to love the airshow and would love to enjoy it again but the organisers are not giving me much insentive to do so.
    Ref the comments quoted.
    Thanks for the comments on the military display (the tanks) We are a charity and all the vehicles and display items were privately owned and the display we put on was at our own cost, given the vehicles on display do about 8 miles to the gallon its not a cheap thing for us. Sorry about not being able to get closer to the display we usually allow more hands on with the items on display. However on the Sat we had people jumping over the barriers and I had a rare WW2 vintage lantern value over £100 smashed, (no they didnt offer any compensation) this together with people wanting to climb on the tanks it was, we felt, getting un safe as such we regretfully stopped. We did get a lot of good comments on the display and we very much appreciated them, so thank you all for that.
    We all had a great weekend and we would be happy to be invited again,it would have been nice if the organisers had left some toilet facilities open for us overnight! So thanks to the Cassino for helping us out there."
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Glorious weather brings out Southend Airshow crowds

Glorious weather brings out Southend Airshow crowds

Glorious weather brings out Southend Airshow crowds

The Havens dancers today

Glorious weather brings out Southend Airshow crowds

Glorious weather brings out Southend Airshow crowds

First published in News

SOUTHEND seafront basked in the hot sunshine as thousands of people watched the airshow, running on Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Stalls and traders were kept busy as the crowds packed the seafront.

Hundreds also gathered dressed in Eighties gear to take part in a world record attempt by Little Havens Hospice.

The ground events also kept people busy in the lovely sunshine before the flights started.

Angela Roberts, 55, from Rochford, said: "We come every year and it's lovely. it's one of the best years with lovely weather and it's always a great show."

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