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Southend Airshow campaigners hope to put on event themselves
CAMPAIGNERS who got more than 15,000 “likes” for a Facebook page calling for Southend Airshow to be saved hope to put on the event themselves.
Southend Council voted to scrap the airshow to save £130,000 but the campaigners hope to bring it back next year by funding it themselves.
Thomas Curtis, 29, of Honiton Road, Southend, said: “The Campaign is now focused on bringing the airshow back in 2014. Look what we have achieved in just six weeks. Imagine what we could do with a full year."
John Delaney, 52, of Chesterfield Crescent, Eastwood, said: “We are totally committed to not seeing it die forever so “plan B" is to get it back for 2014 bigger, better and with more involvement from the community, pushing the council to reinstate it.”
The newly formed Save Southend Airshow committee hope to raise the cash but ask the council, which has years of experience putting on the event, to organise it and book the aircraft.
The committee is yet to decide how to raise the cash, but ideas include setting up a “Friends of Southend Airshow” group that charges a membership fee, finding firms to sponsor the event and fundraising events.