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Friday, 29 August 2014

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Bid to get Windermere air show up and running again

A POPULAR Lake District event which brought thousands to the area looks set to be revived after it was cancelled in 2011.

Windermere Air Festival could make a comeback in the last weekend of September with a Royal Marine display, food festival and fireworks over the water.

“We’re in basic talks with other parties and we’re looking for sponsors because we want to make this a reality,” said Paul Milledge, a director of Showcase Events Limited, which has taken on the organisation of show.

“If we can get some good sponsors it could continue year on year which would be brilliant.”

The show ran for 11 years at Bowness with the first 10 organised by Windermere Rotary Club.

They passed it over to Bluestone Events which ran it for one year as a commercial event but it attracted criticism over parking charges and a new entry fee to the Glebe. It was eventually cancelled in 2012.

“We wouldn’t charge entry,” Mr Milledge added.

His company planned to make money through sponsorship and renting out stalls – but all profit would be ploughed back into the following year’s event.

Have your say

Obviously you know nothing about airshows or you would know requests for RAF assets are due in by the end of September the previous year, so this year is going to be a struggle for you. No Reds No BBMF No Typhoon as they already have their allocations for this year. Don't get me wrong i'd love to see it back, been many times a great event.

Posted by Chris G on 19 March 2014 at 23:32

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