Record visitors for Bournemouth Air Show

Record-breaking year at air show

Record-breaking year at air show

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IT WAS a record-breaking weekend for one of the South's most spectacular events.

Almost 1.2million people went along to the seventh Bournemouth Air Festival to be wowed by a series of jaw-dropping aerial displays.

Daily Echo:

About 850,000 people - a best-ever figure - attended the showpiece over the course of the weekend, while the event brought in about £300million to the South Coast's economy and created about 500 jobs.

Visitors were treated to displays by the Red Arrows and the last-remaining Avro Vulcan strategic bomber, musical performances by the likes of Rizzle Kicks and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.

Pilots say the annual extravaganza is now the biggest show in the country.

Brendan O'Brien, who performed in O'Brien's Flying Circus, said: “This is one of the premier air shows, let alone one of the premier beach shows, in the UK.”

And Typhoon display manager, Andrew De Gier, said: “Bournemouth is our biggest festival of the year in terms of numbers and the actual show itself.

“It's coming towards the end of our season, but we have been really looking forward to this one.”

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The Typhoon is one of the highlights of the show, demonstrating its capabilities at the forefront of RAF operations in conflicts such as Iraq and Afghanistan with ear-splitting noise and incredible speed.

And the dates for next year's event have already been announced - the eighth Bournemouth Air Festival will take place on August 20 to 23.

Mark Smith, director of tourism at Bournemouth Borough Council, said: “The event goes from strength to strength, it's wonderful to see so many people here enjoying the world's largest free four-day event.

“Bournemouth has got a wonderful festival that not only entertains local people but is also great for the visitor economy, supporting jobs and helping investment.”

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7:36pm Sun 31 Aug 14

stillhere says...

Mark Smith - before you get too self congratulatory take a long hard look at the traffic and parking management which were far worse than previously when attendance was similar. I doubt that we are the only regular attendees who will be reluctant to attend again.
Mark Smith - before you get too self congratulatory take a long hard look at the traffic and parking management which were far worse than previously when attendance was similar. I doubt that we are the only regular attendees who will be reluctant to attend again. stillhere
  • Score: -12

8:48pm Sun 31 Aug 14

03alpe01 says...

stillhere wrote:
Mark Smith - before you get too self congratulatory take a long hard look at the traffic and parking management which were far worse than previously when attendance was similar. I doubt that we are the only regular attendees who will be reluctant to attend again.
It's a major event- what did you expect? I went and had a brilliant time. The aircraft on display were absolutely phenomenal and the amount of people there was just immense. Businesses around the area were absolutely booming. Just a shame Southampton will never have anything like this.
[quote][p][bold]stillhere[/bold] wrote: Mark Smith - before you get too self congratulatory take a long hard look at the traffic and parking management which were far worse than previously when attendance was similar. I doubt that we are the only regular attendees who will be reluctant to attend again.[/p][/quote]It's a major event- what did you expect? I went and had a brilliant time. The aircraft on display were absolutely phenomenal and the amount of people there was just immense. Businesses around the area were absolutely booming. Just a shame Southampton will never have anything like this. 03alpe01
  • Score: 8

10:14pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Huey says...

It was great.
However I seriously doubt the £300,000,000 million figure!
Unless of course every single man woman and child attending the free event spent £250 each....
More like £30m.
Come on echo.... Try harder.
It was great. However I seriously doubt the £300,000,000 million figure! Unless of course every single man woman and child attending the free event spent £250 each.... More like £30m. Come on echo.... Try harder. Huey
  • Score: 3

10:54pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Stubs says...

Huey wrote:
It was great.
However I seriously doubt the £300,000,000 million figure!
Unless of course every single man woman and child attending the free event spent £250 each....
More like £30m.
Come on echo.... Try harder.
I spent £250 easy and that was just buying a coffee.
[quote][p][bold]Huey[/bold] wrote: It was great. However I seriously doubt the £300,000,000 million figure! Unless of course every single man woman and child attending the free event spent £250 each.... More like £30m. Come on echo.... Try harder.[/p][/quote]I spent £250 easy and that was just buying a coffee. Stubs
  • Score: 10

12:14am Mon 1 Sep 14

BeyondImagination says...

stillhere wrote:
Mark Smith - before you get too self congratulatory take a long hard look at the traffic and parking management which were far worse than previously when attendance was similar. I doubt that we are the only regular attendees who will be reluctant to attend again.
Imagine Southampton coping with that amount of traffic. It would be gridlock for at least a week.
[quote][p][bold]stillhere[/bold] wrote: Mark Smith - before you get too self congratulatory take a long hard look at the traffic and parking management which were far worse than previously when attendance was similar. I doubt that we are the only regular attendees who will be reluctant to attend again.[/p][/quote]Imagine Southampton coping with that amount of traffic. It would be gridlock for at least a week. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 4
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