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2014 Manston air show cancelled

By ThomasBrown  |  Posted: January 11, 2014

The 2013 South East Airshow attracted thousands of visitors

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THE South East Airshow at Manston has been cancelled after the airport's new owners refused to give permission.

Last year's event welcomed a vintage Vulcan Bomber and thousands of visitors but struggled with unseasonal overcast skies traffic and parking congestion.

Organisers apologised for the teething troubles in the comeback year but were unable to negotiate use of the site for 2014.

Organiser Angela Sutton said: "Unfortunately I have just been informed by the new owners of Manston airport that they do not want an airshow in 2014 they may look at 2015.

"Thank you to everyone for your support and I hope I can sort something in 2015."

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  • Thanet & East Kent Chamber Ltd  |  January 13 2014, 8:28PM

    Last year showed how enormously attractive an airshow at Manston can be. If we are serious about attracting tourists to East Kent, we should back entrepreneurs such as Angela Sutton who are prepared to make the huge effort and take the financial risk involved in staging a large-scale event. It is entirely understandable that the new owner of Manston Airport will want to review her options before making any major decision; but if a date at Manston in 2015 is offered, Angela Sutton and her team deserve every support. Thanet ratepayers will not welcome additional costs from an airshow managed by the council. It is best to leave such tasks to the professionals. After 33 years in the RAF, latterly as a Senior Events Coordinator, we might confidently assume that Angela Sutton knows what she is doing. With the opportunity to make long-term plans for the terrestrial logistics, the next South East Airshow should be able to promise residents and visitors alike a magnificent spectacle that would undoubtedly boost the profile of the area, stimulate employment and boost the income for local companies. David Foley.

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  • Kent_Resident  |  January 11 2014, 11:29PM

    Probably for the best after last years problems with traffic jams and people not being able to get there, or being charged more than it was worth to get in. Bring it back to where it was run successfully for many years. Cliftonville's Palm Bay. A free event for all with Sponsors and Thanet Council paying the cost. Or a small affordable entry charge.

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