Cleethorpes Festival of Flight success ready for next year
On one can doubt the success of last weekend's Festival of Flight in Cleethorpes.
With free spectacular air displays over our Cleethorpes skies - the likes of which many of us had never seen before - we can only congratulate the organisers and look forward to another such event next year.
The planning and logistics for such an event must have been a nightmare for the organisers, but on the whole I think, like many others, it all went very well.
However, I did hear and have received some comments about the parking situation from some Cleethorpes residents eg: drivers parking over driveways etc when there was a park-n-ride facility available.
James Cartwright, a spokesman for the Festival Team said: "Planning an event of this nature from a standing start has been a massive undertaking for the Festival of Flight team and it isn't something we could have done without the help of our delivery partners.
"We are pleased with the overall running of the inaugural event which was very much a pilot to see how well suited the area is for an airshow and how well supported it would be in terms of bringing visitors to the resort so needless to say we were very pleased by the volume of people who came to see the event and the great atmosphere enjoyed by all over the weekend.
"It goes without saying that we learned a lot from our first event and there are some bits we are tweaking ready for 2013. Although the park and ride car parks were used by visitors, this will be one such area we are looking to address for next year in order to ensure it is competitively priced and removes the need for locals or visitors to drive around looking for parking spaces in the resort or parking around side streets although this isn't ultimately something we can control of course.
"Our aim for 2013 is to try and further develop the events and make the most of the local infrastructure by working with local partners in order to try and keep sea front traffic to a minimum by laying on alternative routes and instead sending visitors to the event straight to our park and ride locations."
With it being the first event of its kind in Cleethorpes, lessons have been learnt and hopefully the event in 2013 will be even better.
We should think ourselves very lucky to have Cleethorpes events such of this calibre, free for everyone.