August 30th and 31st will be the days that the organisers will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Airshow which to date has raised almost 1.9 million pounds for RAFA funds.
From humble beginnings, the show has now become one of the ‘highlights’ of the aviation flying display calendar. The organising team are all volunteers, and it is one of the pilot’s favourite Airshow venues!
Derek Harber, Airshow Organiser said. “The 2013 event was one of the most successful shows we have had to date. The weather was on our side – ticket sales were exceptional, and the flying display was considered by many to be one of the best.”
“We could not have done it without our sponsors and supporters,” he added.
“Rod Dean our Flying Display Director, himself a display pilot, managed to bring some new events into the flying schedules. We have proved that under the new team ‘The Show Will – and Can Go On’. Our late founders Don Bean MBE, and Peter Eager would have both been delighted.”
What about 2014? “We will celebrate in true style, and already discussions are under way with the MOD events teams, civilian display pilots and some possible overseas visitors to make next year’s show that little bit special,” said Rod Dean. “Many of the pilots contact us asking to return, before we have even confirmed our dates.”
“Tickets will go on sale earlier. We are addressing some issues re parking and exiting the event, which caused some traffic related problems for some of our visitors. We cannot please all, and most major events suffer from this issue when you get an influx of people to a venue,” said John Periam Airshow Press Officer.
Derek Harber went on to say, “We have budgets, and costing’s have increased. However; we are able to spend money wisely, so that we can afford some of the best displays the airshow circuit has on offer. Next year our budgets will reflect your views as paying guests, along with the fact that this show has now been running for 25 magnificent years. We know we will never please all, but rest assured we are going to make efforts to make it just that little bit special.”
“We will keep you updated, and it is important for you – the readers to know that we are not able to run Shoreham without the excellent support of the media. The publicity that they give us, linked to our sponsors makes sure that you are kept fully updated. For more information go to www.shorehamairshow.co.uk or contact the airshow office 01273 441545.”
We all look forward to seeing you in 2014 and hope that you will attend helping us to celebrate 25 wonderful years of the RAFA Shoreham Airshow. We can’t do it without you!!