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Airshow cleared to take off again in skies over Folkestone

By Folkestone Herald  |  Posted: August 29, 2011

  • A Spitfire in flight

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AN AIRSHOW is to return to the skies of Shepway next summer, the Herald can reveal.

The display will not be on as large a scale as the former Shepway Airshow, the last of which was held in 2003, but Folkestone's town centre manager John Barber has confirmed one will definitely be held.

The show will act as a culmination to the "grand festival", a series of co-ordinated events planned to mark the London Olympics and the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, and supported by this newspaper.

Mr Barber said: "The Shepway Airshow used to bring 300,000 into the town, it was fantastic.

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"And we thought, if we used to have one years ago, why can't we have it again? It died from lack of funding, not lack of interest."

The original event, organised by Shepway District Council, was a three-day festival, finishing with the aerial show on the Sunday.

The show featured Spitfires, Hurricanes and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, and the "Shepway Salute" finales were popular. But the £130,000 cost of organising it proved too much to be justified.

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  • yakcam  |  August 29 2011, 2:43PM

    this aircraft to me looks like a NA Mustang rather than Spitfire...