Cleethorpes' Festival of Flight to return in 2013 after huge success this year
CLEETHORPES' Festival Of Flight will be back in 2013 after bringing 70,000 people and £3 million into the resort, organisers have announced.
Jaw-dropping aerial displays from our nation's finest aerial acts and display teams brought more than 70,000 people into the resort in June – an estimate that Humberside Fire and Rescue described as "conservative". Based on models used by other air shows, including Bournemouth and Lowestoft, organisers estimate that those people brought in excess of £3 million into the local economy. It works out at an average spend of £44 per head which takes into account everything from ice creams to fuel bought in the area's petrol stations.
Commercial director Andrew Almond-Bell said: "We are very pleased with how our inaugural Festival Of Flight event went and we could not have asked for any more in terms of support from the public."
Headline draws such as the Red Devils parachute regiment and the Red Arrows – who brought the resort to an almost total standstill as all eyes looked to the skies – helped make the debut event one of the UK's premier flight festivals, overnight, in June.
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Organisers have set the dates for Saturday, June 8, and Sunday, June 9 – although they are still in talks with the council to secure those dates – as no other major festivals, competing for the same names, fall on that weekend.
Mr Almond-Bell added: "We were very fortunate to secure the names that we did for our first event as competition is always tough. It is vital that we hold our event on the dates we have planned so that we can get in early and bring the most exciting and popular display teams and aircraft to the resort."
Organisers plan to centre the festival around the promenade so it will, yet again, benefit local businesses. And for 2013, they are looking for Gamesmaker-style volunteers to help make next year's festival even bigger.
"Once again, we can't deliver this massive event on our own," added Mr Almond-Bell.
Organisers admit that it won't be easy to find the huge funds needed for an event, but remain committed to making it happen.
"Events like this really don't come cheap, making it a massive challenge for us to generate the funding and make sure that the Cleethorpes Festival Of Flight doesn't fall by the wayside like other large events have in the past," added Mr Almond-Bell.
Anyone interested in volunteering or businesses looking to be a part of the Festival Of Flight can find out more by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org