From the Southend Echo

SOUTHEND airshow will run over the last weekend of May instead of the Sunday and bank holiday Monday in a cost-saving measure.

Southend Council took the decision to run the show over Saturday, May 28, and Sunday, May 29, instead of the traditional Sunday and Monday after negotiations with Essex Police indicated the cost of policing the event on a bank holiday would be prohibitive.

Last year was the first time the council had to pay for police cover for the event, and it is understood the cost had risen this year due to Government cuts.

Seafront traders have welcomed the move, but those in the town centre remain unconvinced.