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In 2017, the year the Scampton Airshow had its inaugural event over the weekend of September 9th and 10th. It was a huge success with up to 50,000 people turning up. However, they have decided not to go ahead with the 2018 event. RAF Scampton is the home of the Red Arrows and it came as a surprise that the event was cancelled. Especially with the 100th anniversary of the Royal Air Force in 2018.
At the last event, more than 100 aircraft were hosted and there were even some from Canada. Scampton was where the 617 Squadron, known as the Dambusters, worked to form an attack on Germany’s Ruhr Valley during WW2.
The decision was based on the fact that there were higher than expected ticket prices and not enough ticket sales. Organizers of the event have said that they want to learn from their mistakes. They wish to improve in time for 2019.
Andy Armstrong, Scampton Airshow’s chief executive officer, recently said, “”Post-event there remains a lot to reflect on, and areas where we would like to improve.” Originally seen on the BBC.
The public have expressed how disappointed they are at the cancellation. As well as this, the Gainsborough MP, Edward Leigh, was saddened to hear the news. He said, “So, I am saddened to learn that there won’t be a Scampton Airshow in 2018. But I stand ready to assist where I can to support the RAF Charitable Trust’s ambition to hold an airshow the following year in 2019.” Originally seen on The Lincolnite.
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6th April, 2018
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