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Bid launched to revive Windermere Air Show
A PETITION to bring back the popular Windermere Air Show is taking off.
The show was cancelled by organisers Bluestone Events in 2012 due to the ‘economic climate and funding being squeezed’ — but now Paul Bentley, who has a boat on the lake, has launched an online petition to bring the show-stopping spectacle back.
The 47-year-old, from Warrington, said: “I went to the last three shows before it was cancelled - there was a real buzz in the town.
“Everyone I’ve spoken to wants it back, but nobody knows how to go about it. I’ve fired the starting gun and hopefully now we can find a solution.
“Once we have proven there’s enough public demand I hope that somebody will come forward to organise it.”
The Rotary Club of Windermere, who voluntarily organised the show for 10 years, passed it over to events managements company Bluestone Events after the 2010 show. The London-based company, who ran the 2011 show as a commercial event, cancelled it in 2012 because of financial worries — to the dismay of residents and businesses.
But now, Mr Bentley wants a local organisation to bring the Air Show back to Windermere in 2014.
“I just wonder if there’s a way to get local hotels and businesses involved.
“It seems a shame that a company based in London were in control of what should be a fantastic local show,” the married father-of-one added.
The estimated cost to run the spectacle is £40,000 but Mr Bentley said he believed that local businesses would easily recoup that over the weekend.
Tim Farron, MP for West-morland and Lonsdale, said he would do all he could to help save the air show.
“The event has been a major date in the calendar of people who live in the Lakes,” he said.
“We need to try to make sure any new event is focused on the community and I think if local people, businesses and chamber of trade all pull together we can make a big difference."
Adrian Faulkner, secretary of the Windermere and Bowness Chamber of Trade, welcomed the petition and said anyone could organise an air show if they wanted.
“It can only be a boost to the area but we would hope that it goes back to being a charitable event rather than a commercial event,” he said.
“It ran perfectly for 10 years but after the first commercial event, it folded. I think that speaks volumes.
“I wish the guy all the luck and hope to see planes flying over Windermere again soon.”
Already, the petition has attracted around 300 signatures.
To sign the petition visit: www.thepetitionsite.com