Great Yarmouth Air Show plans for 2018 to be discussed

PUBLISHED: 09:44 17 October 2017 | UPDATED: 09:44 17 October 2017

Promotional literature for last year's postponed air show.  Picture: James Bass

Promotional literature for last year's postponed air show. Picture: James Bass

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Plans to bring an air show to Great Yarmouth, which could give an estimated £10m boost to the local economy next year, are to be discussed tonight by councillors.

Members of Great Yarmouth Borough Council’s policy resources committee will look at approving a series of measures for an air show to be organised by the borough’s tourism body in 2018.

The air show had been due to be held last summer but was postponed by the Greater Yarmouth Tourism & Business Improvement Area.

Tonight’s meeting will look at a series of recommendations for next year’s two day air show.

They include

- approving subject to gaining the necessary licenses, the use of Great Yarmouth Central Beach to site beach bars (including the sale of alcohol and ice cream) during the air show

 -granting permission to use the grassed area on Gorleston cliff top for cars and concessions to assist in the creation of a ‘family zone’

- recognising the strategic importance of an Air Show and note the structures and procedures currently in place to ensure a safe and exciting event

- providing council support

Papers due to be discussed tonight say it is estimated £10m will be pumped into the local economy, with each show visitor predicted to spend £40 plus an estimated 40,000 “bednights”.

Papers state: “The airshow has the potential to be an extremely important event for the Borough, with a significant impact on tourism and the local economy as well as enhancing its reputation for staging major events.”

The report adds: “Should the airshow not take place, or not be as successful as planned, then there will be reputational risk by association for the council.”

The council report also states the last June’s air show was postponed due to “pending more work on some key areas”.

It was understood it was due to the costs of counter-terrorism measures and medical cover for the event.

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