December 12 2013 Latest news:
Monday, August 26, 2013
The biggest Clacton Air Show ever held is expected to give the local economy a multi-million pound boost as tens of thousands of people flocked to the event.
The two-day spectacular drew around 130,000 visitors to the resort on Thursday and Friday, with aerial displays from the Red Arrows, a Vulcan jet bomber and the Rolls Royce Spitfire.
Now in its 23rd year, the show is organised by Tendring District Council and is the signature event in the north Essex tourism calendar, providing a vital shot in the arm for the local economy – and this year it is estimated it has injected more than £4million into the area.
The council’s cabinet member for tourism, Alan Goggin, said it is too early to give an exact figure but judging by previous events, this has been a bumper year.
He said: “Last year’s show attracted around 100,000 people over two days and an independent assessment showed it was worth £4million to the area in terms of what people spent, people visiting and staying in Tendring and general economic uplift to the area. This year we had 30,000 people attend on the Thursday when it rained and 100,000 on Friday when the weather came out for us, so economically we would like to assume we have improved on last year’s figure.
“There was a great feeling on site – people were saying what a great day it was and traders were coming up and saying they had had a great day.
“We know traders are sometimes hard to please, so for them to come and up and say that means they have done well.” Mr Goggin said the event costs around £100,000 to put on but the council felt it was money well spent.
He added: “Last year we recouped most of the costs, up to £80,000, back in advertising, payments from traders and donations from the public and this year we’d like to do better.
“Other councils in Southend and Lowestoft have chosen to not spend the money and cancelled their air shows but we think it gives businesses a huge boost.”
Managing director of Clacton Pier, Billy Ball, agreed.
He said:” Clacton was extremely busy on Friday – it was the difficult to walk at times.
“It was the busiest I’ve seen Clacton in the four years we have been here and it was great to see the town so vibrant.
“The show is definitely worthwhile. It brings people into Clacton and keeps the town in the limelight.
“Without a doubt we have seen tremendous value from the event.”
With the huge crowds in Clacton, the town’s volunteer lifeboat crews reported their busiest day of the year on Friday.
Clacton RNLI was called to five incidents during the day, as well as helping a teenage girl who walked into the station after breaking her arm.